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This question came up recently here too. I asked David Whitehouse and Dedo von Kerssenbrock-Krosigk, who replied: "The earliest glass excavated seems to be from Tel Brak in Iraq, possibly from the middle of the 3rd millennium BC, not younger than 2260-2223. But this and other very old glasses have their problems in that some of the archeological evidence is not completely trusted (see Saldern, Antikes Glas, 2004, p. 6, and Moorey 1994, pp. 191-192)." Moorey, P. R. S. (Peter Roger Stuart), 1937- . Ancient Mesopotamian materials and industries : the archeological evidence. Oxford, [UK] ; New York : Clarendon Press, 1994. xxiii, 414 p.,  p. of plates : ill., maps. Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. -405) and index. Obsidian, pp. 63-70; faience, pp. 166-189; glass and glassmaking, pp. 189-215. Saldern, Axel von, 1923- . Antikes Glas. München : Beck, c2004. xxv, 708 p., 64 p. of plates. Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. -690) and indexes. (Handbuch der Archäologie)
Would you like me to send pages from Moorey or Saldern to you? Our curators are not in agreement with the information in this recent Washington Post article: or search for: Gugliotta, Guy. "Evidence of Glassmaking In Ancient Egypt Found" IN: [FINAL Edition] The Washington Post - Washington, D.C. Date: Jun 17, 2005, Start Page: A.03, A SECTION. Please let me know if I can provide additional information.