Dr Chloe Duckworth
Lecturer in Archaeological Materials Sci
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Telephone: 0191 208 7979
Degree Programme Director for Archaeology V400 VV14, VV41
Acting co-convenor of the Cluster for Interdisciplinary Artefact Studies (CIAS)
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 (Main Supervisor)
Victoria Lucas, "Looking through the glass: glass chemistry as a window on Anglo-Saxon innovation, recycling, trade and contact, AD 700-1000"
Eleonora Montanari, "Gendered stories: constructing identities through glass beads in Iron Age Italy and Iberia"
Other PhDs (External Supervisor)
Jose Alberto Retamosa "El vidrio en la industria conservera romana: analisis arqueologico y arqueometrico de las cetariae de Baelo claudia e Iulia Traducta" (Co-supervisor: Dario Bernal Casasola, Universidad de Cadiz)
Gendered Stories: Constructing identities through glass beads
Iron Age Italy
You Are What You Make
Ever wondered whether you would survive a zombie apocalypse? Or why we imagine technology as something practiced by lone, male, mad inventors? This module explores - and helps you to learn - the skills and techniques humans have used for millennia to control, manipulate, and construct the world around us.
In practical classes, you will hone an antler harpoon, make your own glass beads, and learn to smelt metal from its ores. In lectures, we will explore the methods used to reconstruct ancient technologies, and look at the 'how' and the 'why' of human invention. You'll never look at the world in the same way again.
Cold Case: Archaeological Science
From 2020, students will have the opportunity to study archaeological science in this brand new module, by exploring ten high profile archaeological case studies from around the world, from Inca child mummies, to shipwrecks, to ancient DNA and Richard III.
The module will provide you with the chance to learn about the scientific techniques used t discoveries, to examine and critique the way they have been reported in the media, and to design materials that would help to educate school children about archaeology.
The Archaeology of Medieval Iberia
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.
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, and Oxford Roman Economy Project)
- The al-Andalus Glass Project (funded by the Association for the History of Glass, and Fundacion Malaga)
- Duckworth CN, Sassin AE, ed. Colour and Light in Ancient and Medieval Art. London: Routledge, 2018.
- 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. 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.
- 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.