Glassmaking at Glastonbury dated to Saxon era

Experts from the University of Reading now believe that glass-making around England's Glastonbury Abbey may be some of the industry's earliest in Great Britain. Chemical analysis will be used to date the glass, which believed to be from the 680s, the time of the Saxon King Ine of Wessex.

Artifacts used in the recent research, including some of a distinctive blue-green color, are now on display at Glastonbury Abbey Museum. The exhibit, From Fire & Earth, tells the story of the Abbey's pioneer role in medieval craftsmanship, will contine until 16 September 2012.