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Paper about origin of Roman glass in the top 100 downloaded earth science papers in 2020

The paper is written by researchers from Aarhus Geochemistry and Isotope Research Platform (AGiR), Centre for Urban Network Evolutions (UrbNet) and the Danish-German Jerash Northwest Quarter Project.

2021.04.08 | Mie Lind

One of the colourless Roman glass sherds from Jerash, Jordan, analysed in this study. Purple splashes are iridescence due to weathering. Photo: Danish-German Jerash Northwest Quarter Project.

In the research article ‘'Alexandrian' glass confirmed by hafnium isotopes’, researchers found a way to determine the origin of Roman colourless glass. The international collaboration study was published in July 2020 in Scientific Reports and is written by Gry H. Barfod (AGiR and UrbNet), Ian Freestone (University College London), Charles E. Lesher (AGiR and UrbNet), Achim Lichtenberger (University of Münster and the Danish-German Jerash Northwest Quarter Project) and Rubina Raja (UrbNet and the Danish-German Jerash Northwest Quarter Project). The article received more than 13.000 downloads in 2020, placing it as one of the top 100 downloaded earth science papers for Scientific Reports in 2020. 

Scientific Reports published more than 820 earth science papers in 2020. A position in the top 100 most downloaded articles is an extraordinary achievement underlining the importance and value of the research being conducted in collaborations between AGiR, UrbNet and the Danish-German Jerash Nortwest Quarter Project.

You can read more about the research and the paper in the news on UrbNet’s website here, or check out the open-access article on Scientific Reports here.

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