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Biography: Gabor Thomas

Gabor Thomas

Dr. Gabor Thomas is a recipient of the 2020 Rakow Grant for Glass Research for the project “Glass in the Post-Roman World: Analytical Investigation of Anglo-Saxon Glass from Lyminge, Kent, in its Northwest European Context.” Dr. Thomas and his collaborators will undertake analytical investigations of glass from the fifth- to seventh-century Anglo-Saxon settlement at Lyminge, Kent. “On the basis of find concentrations, Kent has long been held as the earliest and most important center of production in Anglo-Saxon England,” Thomas reports, “but there is a growing argument that these glass vessels were imported from the continent.” 

“Excavations at Lyminge, Kent, have produced the largest assemblage of glass from an early Anglo-Saxon settlement, along with unique evidence for vessel production,” Thomas continues. “Our research will apply a range of analytical techniques to characterize the source and consumption of glass in Anglo-Saxon Kent, within its European context.” Among the questions the project intends to address are the sources of primary glass and the extent of recycling at Lyminge, changes to supply over the course of the fifth to seventh centuries, and the extent of correlation between compositional and typological categories.

Dr. Thomas is Associate Professor in Early Medieval Archaeology at the University of Reading in the United Kingdom.