Ancient Textiles: Production, Crafts, and Society by Marie-louise B. Nosch

By Marie-louise B. Nosch

An knowing of textiles and the function they performed long ago is critical for somebody attracted to prior societies. Textiles served and actually nonetheless do as either practical and symbolic goods. The facts for historical textiles in Europe is divided relatively certainly alongside a north-south divide, with an abundance of tangible examples within the north, yet necessary little within the south, the place oblique facts comes from things like vase portray and frescoes. This quantity brings jointly those faculties to appear in additional element at textiles within the historic international, and relies on a convention held in Denmark and Sweden in March 2003. part one, construction and business enterprise takes a chronological glance through greater than 4 thousand years of historical past; from Syria within the mid-third millennium BC, to 17th Century Germany. part , Crafts and know-how specializes in the connection among the first manufacturer (the craftsman) and the secondary receiver (the archaeologist/conservator). The 3rd part, Society, examines the symbolic nature of textiles, and their position inside of historic societal teams. in the course of the e-book emphasis is put on the universality of textiles, and the significance of knowledge alternate among students from diversified disciplines.

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33 Nockert & Possnert 2002, 65–67. 34 Winlock & Crum 1926, 68–70, Fig. 25; cf. Hald 1964. 35 Wild 1987. 36 Flury-Lemberg & Illek 1995, 26–43, Abb. 41. 37 Vogelsang-Eastwood 1988; Thompson & Granger-Taylor 1995–6. 38 Fansa 1990; Peacock 2001; Cardon 2003, 425–432. 39 Batzer & Dokkedal 1992; Pfarr forthcoming. 40 Munksgaard 1991; Iversen 1991. 41 Banck-Burgess 1996; 1999; Ræder Knudsen 1999. 42 Zimmerman 1988. 43 Hoffman 1964, 317–318; von Kurzynski 1996, 44–46. 44 Vickers 1978, Pl. 62. 45 Wild 1970, Pl.

The same question could be asked about the ancient textile industry. ‘Archaeology’ is an instant answer, but it needs to be qualified. Tools and textile fragments are archaeological artefacts, but so are sculptures and wall-paintings, Linear B and cuneiform tablets and papyri. Each, however, requires a different code to unlock the information which it contains. Extant textiles are an obvious starting point, but accident of survival leads to a biased record. 19 Deserts, too, are selective. 22 Excavated sites with large, statistically meaningful groups of textile finds offer a stimulus to inter- and intra-site diachronic comparisons, but the familiar archaeological phenomena of rubbish-survival and residuality have to be expected.

May it be a good omen for textile studies in the year 2003 and all the following years. Notes 1 Schrenk 2001, 117–118. 2 The account of the discovery of the bog body on Grewelthorpe Moor in Yorkshire comes from a 19th-century local newspaper. See Turner, Rhodes & Wild 1991. 3 Henshall 1950, 140 N. 1; Wild 1970, 42; 2003, 7; Turner, Rhodes & Wild 1991. 4 Boye 1894; Broholm & Hald 1935, 230–244; Glob 1974, 25–29; Munksgaard 1974, 59–69. S. 3683). 6 Schiaparelli 1927, Figs. 62, 64; Vogelsang-Eastwood 1993, Pls.

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