Ancient Glasses of the Old World

Principal Investigator Information

Dr. Thomas R Fenn
Department of Anthropology
455 W. Lindsey St., Dale Hall Tower, Room 516

Funding Available for Qualified Students?: 

Project Information

Summary and Designated Tasks: 

Project: The project is examining ancient glass objects and production debris recovered from ancient archaeological habitation and production sites in various locations of sub-Saharan Africa and India. Tasks: Tasks will include cataloging and photographing objects, data entry, research, sample preparation for various analytical methods (e.g., Electron Microprobe Analysis [EMPA], Scanning Electron Microscopy [SEM], Laser-Ablation Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry [LA-ICP-MS], etc.), analyses of those samples, data analysis, writing up results and preparing results for presentation at conferences and for publication. # of Assistants: At this time, only one assistant will be needed.

Timeline and Duration: 

This is an ongoing process with a significant number of samples to work through, so the time line could be as short as one semester or as long as several semesters. The weekly time commitment would be 8-10 hours per week. Days and times are negotiable.

Preferred Skills: 

Familiarity with most general PC-based softwares (e.g., Word, Excel, etc.). Data entry skills. Photography skills. Artistic (drawing) skills. At this time, no Responsible Conduct in Research (RCR) and/or Institutional Review Board (IRB) training is necessary. Skills to be developed include data entry, photography, data analysis, writing, presentation development, and certain instrumental analysis methods.