Dr Chloë N. Duckworth

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British Academy Post-Doctoral Research Fellow


Email: cd227@leicester.ac.uk

External links:
History of Glass Twitter (on behalf of the Association for the History of Glass)

After studying archaeology at BA level, Chloë was awarded AHRC funding for her MSc (in Archaeological Materials), and later her PhD at the University of Nottingham. The latter focused on the chemical analysis and materiality of the earliest glasses, from the Late Bronze Age to the Roman period, and developed the application of novel analytical techniques in the field. Chloe went on to develop an interest in Late Antique and Islamic pyrotechnology and technological interaction, and established an interdisciplinary research project and network (The al-Andalus Glass Project) exploring glasses and glazed ceramics from the Muslim and Christian periods in the Iberian Peninsula. In the period following award of her PhD, Chloe was engaged as an adjunct lecturer at the University of Nottingham, responsible for convening and teaching a number of modules (both lecture-based and practical-oriented) for under- and post-graduate students. 

She has been involved in numerous archaeological projects in the UK, Iran, North Africa, Greece and Spain. She currently co-directs the geophysical and geochemical survey of the 10th century madina of Madinat al-Zahra, Spain. Her other research interests include identity (particularly that of craftspeople), the human use and manipulation of colour, past recycling practices, and the mechanisms of technological transfer. She is particularly interested in technological practices in regions that are perceived to be on the margins, or outside of, the 'core' areas of technological development. 

In January 2014, Chloë joined the School of Archaeology and Ancient History's ERC-funded Trans-Sahara project, in which her role was to chemically analyse the glasses (vessels, beads and other jewellery) using a range of specialist techniques, and to place the results into a broader context, particularly in terms of trade and technological transfer.

Most recently, Chloe was awarded a British Academy postdoctoral research fellowship, which focuses on experimental and 'big data' approaches to glass recycling in the 1st millennium AD.

Selected Publications

Duckworth, Chloë N. and Sassin, Anne E. [in press] Colour and Light in Ancient and Medieval Art. Ashgate. ISBN: 978-1-4724-7839-9

Duckworth, Chloë N., D.J. Mattingly, S. Chenery and V.C. Smith [2016, in press]. End of line? Glass bangles, technology, recycling and trade in Islamic North Africa. Journal of Glass Studies 58.

Duckworth, Chloë N., D.J. Mattingly and V. Smith 2015. From the Mediterranean to the Libyan Sahara. Chemical analyses of Garamantian glass. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports. Special edition: Interdisciplinary studies of ancient materials from the Mediterranean.

Govantes Edwards, David J. and Chloë N. Duckworth 2015. El análisis químico de vidrios y vedrios de la Málaga islámica. Estudios en tecnología medieval. Mainake XXXIV.

Duckworth, Chloë N., Aurélie Cuénod and David J. Mattingly 2015. Non-destructive µXRF analysis of glass and metal objects from sites in the Libyan Pre-Desert and Fazzan. Libyan Studies 46.

Duckworth, Chloë N., Ricardo Córdoba de la Llave, Edward W. Faber, David J. Govantes Edwards and Julian Henderson 2015. Electron Microprobe Analysis of 9th-12th Century Islamic Glass from Cordoba, Spain. Archaeometry 57 (1): 27-50.

Duckworth, Chloë N. 2014. Late Antique glass in domestic and ecclesiastical contexts at Priniatikos Pyrgos. In Barry P.C. Molloy and Chloë N. Duckworth (Eds.) A Cretan Landscape through Time: Priniatikos Pyrgos and environs. BAR International Series 2634. Oxford: Archaeopress.

Duckworth, Chloë N. 2014. Glass in Egypt. Encyclopedia of the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine in Non-Western Cultures. Third Edition. Springer.

Duckworth, Chloë N. 2012. Imitation, artificiality and creation: the colour and perception of the earliest glass in New Kingdom Egypt. Cambridge Archaeological Journal 22(3): 309-27.

Duckworth, Chloë N., Julian Henderson, Frank J.M. Rutten and Kalliopi Nikita 2012. Opacifiers in Late Bronze Age glasses: the use of ToF-SIMS to identify raw ingredients and production techniques. Journal of Archaeological Science 39 (7): 2143-52.

Duckworth, Chloë N., Frank J.M. Rutten and Julian Henderson 2012. Time of flight secondary ion mass spectrometry examination of ancient and historical opaque glasses. Integrated Approaches to the Study of Historical Glass. Proceedings of SPIE Vol. 8422.

Molloy, Barry P.C. and Chloë N. Duckworth (Eds.) 2014. A Cretan Landscape through Time: Priniatikos Pyrgos and environs. BAR International Series 2634. Oxford: Archaeopress.

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