Christian and Muslim interactions in the Post-Medieval Adriatic: an examination of cultural and economic exchange through the analysis of the glass cargoes from shipwreck assemblages
The aim of this project is to analyse glass assemblages recovered from 16th and 17th century shipwrecks in the Adriatic as a means of furthering the broader discussion about trade and exchange between religiously and culturally diverse groups in this region during the Early Modern period. Glass from the well-studied Gnalić wreck, along with the wrecks of twelve other merchant ships off the eastern coast of the Adriatic (Gluščević 2006: 10), forms the core of this study, focusing specifically on glass vessels, mirrors, windows, and beads. These artefacts are compared typologically with objects excavated from settlements both along the coast and in the hinterland, the goal being to ascertain the provenances of these wreck cargos, the functions of individual objects within these assemblages, and their intended destinations. In doing so, this data creates an additional medium through with to examine cultural exchange between Venice, the Ottoman Empire, and various Christian, Muslim, and Jewish populations which acted as producers, consumers, and trade intermediaries.