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Core Formed Pitcher 500 BC Rhodes Greece.
The Phoenicians became the greatest glass makers and exporters of the ancient world.
This was because rich deposits of silica-based sand,
found along the coast of Lebanon, contained substantial amounts of Lime.
Lime is the third ingredient that makes functional glass possible.
Sand and soda melted together form sodium silicate known as water glass.
As the name implies, this type of glass dissolves in water.
When Lime is melted with silica and soda, the glass that results is virtually unaffected by moisture or even acid.
So it may well be that useful glass was produced merely as a function of the right combination of elements being present in the natural environment of the region.