Andrew Meek

Scientist and Scientific Records Manager

Department: Scientific Research

Contact

+44 (0)20 7323 8275
science@thebritishmuseum.ac.uk  

Andrew works on vitreous materials which include glasses, enamels and glazed artefacts. He is also responsible for the management of the scientific records archive and external examination procedure.

In the British Museum Research Laboratory Andrew undertakes research into the archaeometric aspects of the identification of the materials and technology of glass, enamel and vitreous glazed artefacts. The results of this work provide a deeper understanding of the Museum collections and are disseminated in exhibitions and through the publication of articles, catalogues and excavation reports.

He is also responsible for the management of the scientific records archive, which includes analytical samples, documents and electronic resources. As part of this role he manages the Museum’s external examination procedure, which makes the collection available for scientific examination and analysis by external researchers.

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 and trace element analysis remains one of his main fields of interest.

He is a board member of the Early Glass Technology Research Network and Association for the History of Glass, and co-editor of their biannual publication Glass News. He is also an Honorary Research Associate at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London.

Current projects

Glass production and trade in Central Asia

Early vitreous material production in China

Scientific research reference collection and scientific records database

Trace element analysis of glass from Western Asia

Portable XRF analysis of glass from Shutb, Egypt
https://www.britishmuseum.org/research/research_projects/all_current_projects/asyut_urban_development.aspx

Vitreous materials from Amara West, Egypt
https://www.britishmuseum.org/research/research_projects/all_current_projects/sudan/amara_west_research_project.aspx

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

 

Recent publications 

Spataro, M., Wood, N., Meeks, N., Meek, A. and Priestman, S. 2018. ‘Pottery technology in the Tang Dynasty (9th c. AD): archaeometric analyses of a Gongyi sherd found at Siraf, Iran’ Archaeometry, doi: 10.1111/arcm.12448.

Simpson, St J. and 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.

Schibille, N., Meek, A., Wypyski, M.T., Kröger, J., Rosser-Owen, M. and Wade Haddon, R. 2018. ‘Glass walls: the selective use of glass in 9th-century Samarra (Iraq)’ PLOS One, https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0201749

Masson-Berghoff, A., Pernicka, E., Hook, D. and Meek, A. 2018. ‘(Re)Sources: Origins of metals in Late Period Egypt’ Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, 21(October 2018), 318-339, doi: 10.1016/j.jasrep.2018.07.010

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 ScienceReports 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, https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0201749

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.