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Biography: Margherita Ferri

Margherita Ferri

Margherita Ferri of Ca’ Foscari University of Venice was awarded a 2012 Rakow Grant for Glass Research.

Dr. Ferri’s research begins with the glass unearthed at Stari Bar, a key site in Montenegro, by a team of archaeologists from Ca’ Foscari University in Venice. These finds will be compared with glass from collections and other excavations along the eastern coast of the Adriatic in order to trace the production and consumption of Venetian-style glass in this area.

Some of the glass from Stari Bar has already been studied, Dr. Ferri reports, but the focus in 2012 will be on glass vessels found in the so-called Doge’s Palace, “a large tower of the Slavonic period that during Venetian time becomes a public structure with growing social importance.” The data from various excavations in Stari Bar will be combined to determine “possible changes and transformations of the material culture of the city, shown by the glass,” during the 15th and 16th centuries. The finds from Stari Bar will then be compared with material found in the coastal Balkans, both from excavations and in museum collections.

The main result of this research, Dr. Ferri says, will be “the opportunity to write a history of production and consumption of vessels in the style of Venice in the Balkan area, particularly regarding the eastern Adriatic coast.”

Dr. Ferri’s Ph.D. was awarded by Ca’ Foscari University in Venice, where she wrote her dissertation on late medieval to modern pottery. She also studied medieval archaeology at that university and wrote a thesis on glass finds from excavations in Torcello and San Francesco del Deserto-Venezia. In her postdoctoral work there, she is studying glass and pottery of the Middle Ages from Venice and the Veneto.