Andrew Meek


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Andrew works on vitreous materials which include glasses, enamels and glazed artefacts. He provides specialist scientific information on these artefacts to conservators and curators.

In the British Museum Research Laboratory he mainly uses scanning electron microscopy with energy dispersive X-ray analysis and X-ray fluorescence to identify the composition of vitreous artefacts. This information is used for the preparation of exhibitions, catalogues and excavation reports, and allows a greater understanding of the Museum collections. It is also used by glass and ceramics conservators striving to prevent the deterioration of certain object types.

Andrew studied archaeology, specialising in scientific analysis, at the University of Nottingham where he graduated with an MSc and PhD in Archaeology. The title of his doctoral thesis was ‘The chemical and isotopic analysis of English forest glass’. Discovering the provenance of glass objects using isotopic analysis remains one of his main fields of interest.

He is a board member of the Association for the History of Glass and co-editor of their biannual publication Glass News.

Current projects

Glass vessels and beads from the Ringlemere Anglo-Saxon cemetery

PIXE analysis of Abbasid and Fatimid lustreware ceramics

The production of gold glass in Late Antiquity: scientific analysis of the British Museum collection

The scientific analysis of glass from the Staffordshire Hoard

The provenance of Late Medieval and Early Modern glass artefacts produced in the UK

Developing strategies for the correct storage and cleaning of deteriorating glass artefacts

Recent publications

 Bulstrode, J., Meek, A. 2018: Edward John Dent’s glass springs, archive and technical analysis combined. Antiquarian Horology 39(2), 225-243.

Masson-Berghoff, A., Pernicka, E., Hook, D., Meek, A. 2018: (Re)sources: Origins of metals in Late Period Egypt. Journal or Archaeological Science: Reports 21: 318-339.

Meek, A. 2018: The glass and enamel in brooch and neck ornament. In: Jackson, R. and Burleigh, G. Dea Senuna: Treasure, Cult and Ritual at Ashwell, Hertfordshire, British Museum Research Publication 194: 15-16.

Schibille, N., Meek, A., Wypyski, M.T., Kröger, J., Rosser-Owen, M., Wade Haddon, R. 2018: Glass walls: the selective use of glass in 9th-century Samarra (Iraq). PLOS One,

Simpson, St J., Meek, A. 2018: Small, bright and colourful: Observations on the circulation of minor glass objects from Sasanian contexts. In P. de Vingo (ed.) Le Archeologie di Marilli: Miscellanea di studi in ricordo di Maria Maddalena Negro Ponzi Mancini, Alessandria: Edizioni dell’Orso: 105-120.

Rosenow, D., Phelps, M., Meek, A., Freestone, I.C. (eds) 2018: Things That Travelled, UCL Press, London..

Meek, A., Ling, D., Shearman, F., Dyer, J., Bellegem, M. van and La Niece, S. 2017: ‘Technical examination of the Waddesdon Bequest: Recent discoveries, future avenues’ In: Shirley, P. and Thornton, D. (eds) A Rothschild Renaissance: A New Look at the Waddesdon Bequest in the British Museum, British Museum Research Publication.

Masson-Berghoff, A., Pernicka, E., Hook, D. and Meek, A. 2017: ‘(Re)sources: origins of metals in Late Period Egypt’, Newsletter of the Department of Ancient Egypt and Sudan, The British Museum, Issue 4.

Schibille, N., Meek, A., Tobias, B., Entwistle, C., Avisseau-Broustet, M., Da Mota, H. and Gratuze, B. 2016: ‘Comprehensive Chemical Characterisation of Byzantine Glass Weights’, PLOS ONE, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0168289

Meek, A., Bouquillon, A., Lehuédé, P., Masson, A., Villing, A. Pierrat‑Bonnefois, G. and Webb, V. 2016: ‘Discerning differences: Ion bean analysis of ancient faience from Naukratis and Rhodes.’ TECHNÈ 43, 94-101.

Meek, A. 2016: ‘Ion beam analysis of glass inlays from the Staffordshire Hoard’, Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, 7, 324-329. doi: 10.1016/j.jasrep.2016.05.014

Ling, D., Shearman, F., Meek, A. and Thornton, D. 2016: ‘Technical Investigation of Limoges Enamels from the Waddesdon Bequest’. ICOM-CC 6th Experts’ Meeting Enamel on Metal Conservation – Extended Abstracts, Warsaw: National Museum in Warsaw, 90-96.

Entwistle, C. and Meek, A. 2015: ‘Early Byzantine Glass Weights: Aspects of Function, Chronology and Composition’ British Museum Technical Research Bulletin, 9, 1-14.

Thornton, D., Meek, A. and Gudenrath, W. 2015: ‘Opal Glass in The British Museum Attributed to the Buquoy Glasshouse’ Journal of Glass Studies, 57,167-182.

Meek, A. and Marzinzik, S. 2015: ‘The discovery of cobalt colourant raw materials as inclusions within Anglo-Saxon glass beads’ I. Lazar (ed.) Proceedings of the 19th Congress of Association Internationale pour l’Histoire du Verre. Piran: AIHV, 376-380.

Meek, A. 2015: ‘The scientific analysis of the British Museum’s gold glass collection’ In: D. Howells, A Catalogue of Late Antique Gold Glass in the British Museum [C. Entwistle and L. James (eds)], British Museum Research Publication 195, London: British Museum Press.

Momigliano, N., Phillips, L., Spataro, M., Meeks, N. and Meek, A. 2014: ‘A Newly Discovered Minoan Faience Plaque from the Knossos Town Mosaic in the Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery’Annual of the British School at Athens, 109, 97-110, doi: 10.1017/S0068245414000094.

Thornton, D. Freestone, I., Gudenrath, W., Bertini, M., Meek, A. and Ling, D. 2014: ‘The technical study of a rare Venetian turquoise glass goblet from the Waddesdon Bequest’, British Museum Technical Research Bulletin, 8, 1-11.

Meek, A. 2014: ‘Qualitative compositional analysis of a late 16th century enamelled glass goblet’, Atti dell’IVSLA, 117-126.

Röhrs, S., Meek, A. and Entwistle, C. 2013: ‘A scientific study of fourth to sixth century Byzantine glass pendants’ In (ed.) C. Entwistle and L. James New Light on Old Glass: Recent Research on Byzantine Glass and Mosaics, British Museum Research Publication 179, 178-188.

Meek, A. 2013: ‘Gold Glass in Late Antiquity: scientific analysis of the British Museum collection.’ In (ed.) C. Entwistle and L. James New Light on Old Glass: Recent Research on Byzantine Glass and Mosaics, British Museum Research Publication 179, 121-130.

Barton, J., Meek, A. and Roberts, P. 2013: ‘The examination, experimentation and exasperation of conserving an Archaeological Glass object for display’ British Museum Technical Research Bulletin, 7, 69-78.

Spataro, M., Meeks, N., Meek, A. and Shapland, A. 2013: ‘Scientific investigation of faience fragments attributed to the town mosaic at Knossos.’ Archaeometry, 55(5), 910-922.