The UCLA Department of Anthropology and the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology presents Dr. Alok Kumar Kanungo, Deccan College, Pune, India and Fulbright Scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Dr. Kanungo's talk will present an overview of the issues relating to the origins and development of glass technology in South Asia and its relationships to the glass technologies of other regions. The mapping of glass finds in India reveals the presence of glass even in hinterland areas right from 1000 B.C. onwards and it was widely spread during the Early Historic period along with many regional centres of production. Yet we are not sure whether the early glass and/or its technology came to India from the West or they were developed indigenously. Recent excavations at the site of Kopia, Uttar Pradesh (North India), have provided new evidence to better understand the development and spread of glass technology in South Asia. At Kopia, a well developed glass industry is found dating from the 3rd century B.C. to the 1st century A.D.
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