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Biography: Dr. Thilo Rehren

Dr. Thilo Rehren

Dr. Thilo Rehren, research scientist at the Deutsches Bergbau-Museum in Bochum, Germa­ny, was awarded the 1998 Rakow Grant for Glass Research for a study of Late Bronze Age (LBA) glassmaking.

“The stunning homogeneity of LBA base glass chemistry from Egypt and beyond is a long-known fact,” Dr. Rehren stated in his application for the grant. “The project attempts to explain this as the result of a self-adjusting, temperature-controlled partial melting of the batch, in equilibrium with excess earth-alkaline oxides.”

Dr. Rehren conducted a study of technical lit­erature on batch melting processes and equilibrium reactions, using the resources of the Rakow Li­brary of The Corning Museum of Glass. In addi­tion, he planned to make an analytical investigation of glassmaking debris from Lisht (in the Egyptian collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art) and Qantir (in the Roemer- und Pelizaeus-Museum in Hildesheim, Germany).

Dr. Rehren earned his Ph.D. in petrology and volcanology from Freiburg University (Germany) in 1988. One year later, he held a research fellowship in archeometallurgy at Oxford University. From 1990 to 1992, he worked as a research assistant in the Department of Archeometallurgy at the Deutsches Bergbau-Museum, where he was named to his post as research scientist in 1993. His study of a glass workshop within a copper-centered industrial complex in LBA Egypt was published in The Prehistory and History of Glassmaking Technology (Ceramics and Civilization, v. 8) in 1998.