School of History, Classics and Archaeology

Staff Profile

Dr Chloe Duckworth

Lecturer in Archaeological Materials Sci


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)

For my outreach work, please visit my YouTube page

Other Links

Fieldwork in Southern Spain

Glass Mailing List

The Association for the History of Glass (AHG)

UISPP Commission on Archaeometry of Inorganic Artefacts