Exploring Ancient Textiles: Pushing the Boundaries of Established Methodologies [Paperback]

Alistair Dickey (Editor); Margarita Gleba (Editor); Sarah Hitchens (Editor); Gabriella Longhitano (Editor)

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ISBN: 9781789257250 | Published by: Oxbow Books | Publication: June 2022 | Language: English 176p, H280 x W216 (mm) B/w and colour
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Exploring Ancient Textiles


Over the past 30 years, research on archaeological textiles has developed into an important field of scientific study. It has greatly benefited from interdisciplinary approaches, which combine the application of advanced technological knowledge to ethnographic, textual and experimental investigations. In exploring textiles and textile processing (such as production and exchange) in ancient societies, archaeologists with different types and quality of data have shared their knowledge, thus contributing to well-established methodology. In this book, the papers highlight how researchers have been challenged to adapt or modify these traditional and more recently developed analytical methods to enable extraction of comparable data from often recalcitrant assemblages. Furthermore, they have applied new perspectives and approaches to extend the focus on less investigated aspects and artefacts.

The chapters embrace a broad geographical and chronological area, ranging from South America and Europe to Africa, and from the 11th-millennium BC to the 1st-millennium AD. Methodological considerations are explored through the medium of three different themes focusing on tools, textiles and fibres, and culture and identity. This volume constitutes a reflection on the status of current methodology and its applicability within the wider textile field. Moreover, it drives forward the methodological debates around textile research to generate new and stimulating conversations about the future of textile archaeology.

Table of Contents

List of Contributors
Preface (Prof Lin Foxhall and Prof Ian Shaw)
Introduction (Gabriella Longhitano, Sarah Hitchens and Alistair Dickey)
Part 1: Application of Analytical Techniques on Tools
‘Some observations on the functionality of Early Bronze Age textile tools from Monte Grande, Sicily’ – Katarzyna Żebrowska
‘Mind the gap: investigating Romano-British textile production via Big Data’ – Lisa Venables
‘Long-handled weaving combs: a rubric for recording’ – Jennifer Beamer
‘Wood, ceramics, and stone: an analysis of spinning at Qasr Ibrim’ – Sarah Hitchens
‘Visible tools, invisible craft: an analysis of textile tools across Iron Age Cornwall’ – Lewis Ferrero
Part 2: Application of Analytical Techniques on Textiles and Fibres
‘The dance of making fibres: a study of the earliest plant-fibre technology by marine hunter-gatherers on the Pacific Coast of South America’ – Camila Alday
‘The textiles of elites and animals at Hierakonpolis: preliminary investigations in 2018’ – Alistair Dickey
‘A braided bracelet/armband found in a Bronze Age cist on Dartmoor, UK: how might it have been made?’ – Celia Elliott-Minty
Part 3: Cultural and Personal Identity
‘Symbolic objects of Etruscan textile production and female identity’ – Sarah Reetz
‘(Un)Dressing the prostitute in Classical Attic art (ca. 525-300BC): methods of concealing or revealing the female ‘other’ body and the socio-political and gender messages of dress’ – Natasha Andronikou
‘Production, organisation and consumption of textiles in Magna Graecia’ – Francesco Meo
‘The loom weights from the so-called Bothros of Aeolus: evidence for textile activity in a sacred context?’ – Gabriella Longhitano
Conclusions (Dr Margarita Gleba)

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