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Biography: Anna Hodgkinson

Anna Hodgkinson recording Kiln 1 at Gurob. Photo credit: Ian Shaw
Anna Hodgkinson

Anna Hodgkinson, a resident of Berlin and a recent ;Ph.D. recipient from University of Liverpool, U.K., has been awarded a Rakow Grant for Glass Research.

Dr. Hodgkinson, who has worked at a number of sites in Egypt, will apply her share of the Rakow Grant to a project involving the re-excavation of part of a house in the Main City South at Amarna. The goal of the project is to determine the purpose of a kiln that was found attached to the house by the Egypt Exploration Society in 1922.

“An important question,” she says, “is whether glass-working or -making, or indeed faience production, took place [there]. The ultimate aim is to establish what the role of [the building] was in the wider urban context and how it may have interacted with other industrial sites at Amarna.”

Finds associated with the building include glass, “slag,” and cylindrical pottery vessels, which Dr. Hodgkinson says “can be taken as evidence of the working of glass into finished objects. The area occupied by the kiln is still visible on the surface, where much vitrified mud-brick, an indicator of high-temperature firing, can be found, as well as fragments of cylindrical vessels, understood to have been used as molds for glass ingots in the Late Bronze Age.”

Dr. Hodgkinson, who has submitted her dissertation, titled “Royal Cities of the New Kingdom: A Spatial Analysis of Production and Socio-Economics in Late Bronze Age Egypt,” has contributed to published fieldwork reports and analyses of archaeological material from the sites on which she has worked. She was employed in British commercial archaeology for six years, and her museum experience includes volunteer work in the Egyptology departments of Bolton Museum in the United Kingdom and the Roemer- und Pelizaeus-Museum in Hildesheim, Germany.