Dr Chloe Duckworth
Lecturer in Archaeological Materials Sci
- Email: email@example.com
- Telephone: 0191 208 7979
I am a broadly trained archaeologist, specialising in:
- The scientific analysis of archaeological materials, particularly vitreous materials (glass and ceramic glazes).
- The archaeology of medieval Spain under Muslim and Christian rule.
- The development of novel analytical techniques and innovative archaeological field methodologies.
- The archaeology of pyrotechnology and industrial production (I like fire).
Current PhD Students
Victoria Lucas, "Looking through the glass: glass chemistry as a window on Anglo-Saxon innovation, recycling, trade and contact, AD 700-1000"
Prospective PhD Students
I am happy to consider supervising PhD projects relating to any of the following:
- interdisciplinary approaches to the study of past technologies
- the chemical analysis of glass or glaze
- the application of innovative analytical methodologies to archaeological materials
- the archaeology of the medieval Iberian Peninsula
Glass is Class
Did you know that the earliest glasses looked more like semi-precious stones? That the Romans had a massive glass recycling trade? Or that glass beads are intimately connected with colonialism?
My students have the opportunity to learn about glass by reading, but also by doing. We have a go at making glass from raw ingredients using ancient recipes, recreating Anglo-Saxon glass beads using lamp-working techniques, and visit the National Glass Centre in Sunderland where we manipulate hot glass, and watch glassblowing in action.
Islamic Spain (al-Andalus)
My research on the archaeology of medieval Spain includes an active programme of fieldwork, with opportunities to excavate at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Alhambra, in Granada, Spain and to survey the buried city of Madinat al-Zahra, Cordoba. Students have found themselves featuring on the front pages of Spanish newspapers.
Archaeological science is often seen as a 'black box', out of which emerge un-questionable FACTS! In reality, it involves as much interpretation and human error as other areas of archaeology.
My students learn to critically analyse scientific papers, empowering them to re-interpret and critically assess these, rather than simply taking them at face value. Even with a minimal toolkit, people of all backgrounds (science, arts, humanities) can access these issues and take them forward ... a skill which is equally useful when reading newspaper articles in everyday life, or making a choice of which product to buy.
Current Research Projects
- The Madinat al-Zahra Survey Project (funded by Society for Antiquaries, and the British Academy)
- The Alhambra Royal Workshops Project (funded by the Patronato of the Alhambra and the Generalife)
- Addressing the Invisible: Recycling, Glass and Technological Practice in the 1st Millennium AD (funded by the British Academy; conference in 2017 funded by the Oxford Roman Economy Project)
- The al-Andalus Glass Project (funded by the Association for the History of Glass, and Fundacion Malaga)
- Cuenod A, Duckworth CN, Mattingly DJ, ed. Mobile Technologies in the Ancient Sahara and Beyond. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017. In Preparation.
- Duckworth CN, Sassin AE. Colour and light in ancient and medieval art. London, UK: Taylor and Francis, 2017.
- Duckworth CN, Sassin AE, ed. Colour and Light in Ancient and Medieval Art. London: Routledge, 2017. In Press.
- Duckworth CN, Sassin AE. On colour and light. In: Duckworth, CN; Sassin AE, ed. Colour and Light in Ancient and Medieval Art. London, UK: Taylor and Francis, 2017, pp.1-8.
- Mattingly DJ, Leitch V, Duckworth CN, Cuenod A, Sterry M, Cole F, ed. Trade in the Ancient Sahara and Beyond. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017. In Press.
- Govantes Edwards DJ, Duckworth CN, Córdoba de la Llave R, Aparicio Sánchez L, Camacho Cruz C. El estudio del vidrio andalusí y las posibilidades de estudio en su composición química: primeros resultados y posibilidades. Boletín de Arqueología Medieval 2016, 18, 31-50.
- Duckworth CN, Mattingly DJ, Chenery S, Smith VC. End of line? Glass bangles, technology, recycling and trade in Islamic North Africa. Journal of Glass Studies 2016, 58.
- Duckworth CN, Mattingly DJ, Smith VC. From the Mediterranean to the Libyan Sahara. Chemical analyses of Garamantian glass. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 2016, 7, 633-639.
- Govantes-Edwards DJ, Duckworth C, Cordoba R. Recipes and experimentation: the transmission of glassmaking techniques in medieval Iberia. Journal of Medieval Iberian Studies 2016, 8(2), 176-195.
- Duckworth CN, Cordoba de la Llave R, Faber EW, Govantes-Edwards DJ, Henderson J. Electron Microprobe Analysis of 9th-12th Century Islamic Glass from Cordoba, Spain. Archaeometry 2015, 57(1), 27-50.
- Duckworth CN, Cuenod A, Mattingly DJ. Non-destructive µXRF analysis of glass and metal objects from sites in the Libyan Pre-Desert and Fazzan. Libyan Studies 2015, 46, 15-34.
- Molloy BPC, Duckworth CN, ed. A Cretan Landscape through Time: Priniatikos Pyrgos and environs. Oxford: Archaeopress, 2014.
- Duckworth CN. Imitation, artificiality and creation: the colour and perception of the earliest glass in New Kingdom Egypt. Cambridge Archaeological Journal 2012, 22, 309-27.
- Duckworth CN, Henderson J, Rutten FJM, Nikita K. Opacifiers in Late Bronze Age glasses: the use of ToF-SIMS to identify raw ingredients and production techniques. Journal of Archaeological Science 2012, 39, 2143-52.
- Duckworth CN, Rutten FJM, Henderson J. Time of flight secondary ion mass spectrometry examination of ancient and historical opaque glasses. Proceedings of SPIE 2012, 8422.