PI: Alok Kumar Kanungo

External Support: Corning Museum of Glass Rakow Grant, International Commission on Glass Research Grant, and National Science Foundation

A last surviving workshop at Kapadvanj (Gujarat, India) uniquely continues to operate a combined glass-making and working tank furnace (covid-19 pandemic lockdown has pushed this to edge). Here craftsmen still produce the distinctive convex, hot lead coated mirrors that were profuse until a few centuries ago. This project proposes to conduct a detailed spatial, material and taphonomic documentation and analysis of this invaluable site that preserves both a unique kind of furnace and the production of an understudied artifact type. Through this the project aims to archaeologically investigate the material distinctiveness and history of the celebrated glass works at Kapadvanj.