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Two Roman Glass Furnaces Discovered at Reșca-Romula (Romania)

October 2023 (127.4)

Archaeological Note

Two Roman Glass Furnaces Discovered at Reșca-Romula (Romania)

Romula (today Reșca, Dobrosloveni Village, Romania) was the largest urban and economic center of Dacia Inferior (Malvensis), a Roman province located in the north of the Lower Danube region. In this context, the city market included workshops for the production of ceramic, metal, stone, bone, and glass objects. In 2013, 2015, and 2018, during excavations of the former Roman city, two rectangular glass furnaces were discovered. One has only one chamber, the other has two chambers. A melted glass layer was found on the walls of furnace no. 1, as well as in one room of furnace no. 2. Broken fragments of glass were also found in both. The furnaces are located in the central area of the Roman city. The evidence suggests that the furnaces belong to secondary glass workshops. The glass may have arrived in raw form, where it was remelted and processed. The discovery of these furnaces contributes to the growing body of evidence for Roman glass production around the empire.

Two Roman Glass Furnaces Discovered at Reșca-Romula (Romania)
By Mircea Negru, Petre Badica, Andrei Alexandru-Dinu, Magdalena Galatanu, Andrei Kuncser, Delia Patroi, and Ilinca Artene
American Journal of Archaeology Vol. 127, No. 4 (October 2023), pp. 573-584
DOI: 10.1086/726009
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