Juliet Spedding

Postgraduate Research Student



Juliet was awarded with a BA and an MA, both in Egyptology, whilst studying at the University of Liverpool.

Research Interests

Thesis Title

"'To See a World in a Grain of Sand': The Relationship beween Nubia and Egypt in the Meroitic Period seen through the Analysis of Glass Objects."

Juliet's research uses scientific analysis to identify the raw materials and production techniques of Meroitic Period (c. 400BC-400AD) Nubian-provenanced glassware, a previously under-examined area of study. Was glass being made in Nubia or imported, either as raw materials or finished objects? How would a greater understanding of such artefacts help us to situate Nubian glass and its making/working in the larger picture of glass production and trade in the ancient Mediterranean and Egyptian worlds?  What are the interrelationships between trade, technological knowledge, and manufacturing in Nubia and other cultures? Juliet's work, funded by the AHRC NWCDTP, has the potential to identify similarities and/or differences in the raw materials used, the presence of natural contaminants (e.g. aluminium), and the production techniques of the finished objects.  Juliet's research aims to fill some of the geographical and chronological gaps in our knowledge of ancient glass compositions by exploring Nubia’s contribution. 

Research Funding

Jointly funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (AHRC and NWCDTP).