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The introduction of the glaze in al-Andalus: technological waves and Oriental influences

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 Coordinator Country Spain [ES]
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 Total cost 170˙121 €
 EC max contribution 170˙121 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2015
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-09-15   to  2018-09-14


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 Project objective

The project is designed to develop a much-needed approach to the study of glaze ware production in al-Andalus (Spain and Portugal) during the Middle Ages (9th-13th centuries). The introduction of the glaze in the Iberian Peninsula was a complex and long process involving several waves of technology transfer arriving from the Eastern to the Western Mediterranean basin, in different political periods.

From the archaeometric analytical point of view, both petrographic and chemical, this proposal aims to enrich knowledge about glazed ceramic technology in the Western Islamic world: identification of the Mediterranean access routes, localization of Andalusi workshops and their spread and distribution through the Iberian Peninsula. The microstructure and composition of the glazes, the raw materials and the colorants and decorative techniques used, as well as, the introduction of Eastern patterns, will provide some hints. Finally, the glazed ware as an element of political cohesion and, of course, as a sign of religious identity in al-Andalus will also be assessed.

To carry out the project successfully a methodology and a work plan with different phases, milestones and deliverables will be developed. The key project is based on its interdisciplinary, applying archaeometric techniques to analysis of material culture, in this case, the glaze technology, and hence establishing links between Social sciences and Science, with new approaches to the interpretation of the history and archaeology of al-Andalus.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Elena Salinas, Trinitat Pradell, Judit Molera
Glaze production at an early Islamic workshop in al-Andalus
published pages: , ISSN: 1866-9557, DOI: 10.1007/s12520-018-0666-y
Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences 2019-06-13
2018 Elena Salinas, Trinitat Pradell
The transition from lead transparent to tin-opacified glaze productions in the western Islamic lands: al-Andalus, c. 875–929 CE
published pages: 1-11, ISSN: 0305-4403, DOI: 10.1016/j.jas.2018.03.010
Journal of Archaeological Science 94 2019-06-13
2017 Elena Salinas, Trinitat Pradell, Michael Tite
Tracing the tin-opacified yellow glazed ceramics in the western Islamic world: the findings at Madīnat al-Zahrā’
published pages: , ISSN: 1866-9557, DOI: 10.1007/s12520-017-0562-x
Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences 2019-06-13

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