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 some time past is necessary for a person drawn to prior societies. Textiles served and in reality nonetheless do as either practical and symbolic goods. The facts for historic textiles in Europe is divided fairly certainly alongside a north-south divide, with an abundance of tangible examples within the north, yet worthwhile little within the south, the place oblique proof 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 is predicated on a convention held in Denmark and Sweden in March 2003. part one, creation and agency takes a chronological glance through greater than 4 thousand years of heritage; from Syria within the mid-third millennium BC, to 17th Century Germany. part , Crafts and expertise 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 old societal teams. through the e-book emphasis is put on the universality of textiles, and the significance of data alternate among students from varied disciplines.

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For much of the world 2003 was the Year of the Sheep, just the right time to celebrate the growing band of scholars devoted to the study of ancient textile practices. It was not always so. Those of us with long memories will not forget the sense of academic isolation when there were so few colleagues with whom to share new discoveries and ideas. The field of study was international from the beginning, simply because scholars were geographically so scattered. Personal contacts and the regular exchange of off-prints were vital.

218. 47 Wild 2000. 48 Killen 1984, 50; Aura Jorro 1985, 98. 49 Wild 1967a; Columella, de re rustica II. 3. 26. 50 Wild 2002, 25–26. 51 Granger-Taylor 1998; Barber 1991, 44–50, 70–73; Cooke, El-Gamal & Brennan 1991. 52 Davies 1913, Pl. 37. 53 Barber 1991, 70–73; Busch 1995. 54 Killen 1964; 1984; cf. Halstead 2001. 55 Payne 2002. 2 The World According to Textiles by Lise Bender Jørgensen Textiles are a fundamental part of our material culture. They serve a wide range of purposes, functional and symbolic.

They were noted as possible loom pits at the time, but again, it is the living tradition that makes the interpretation plausible. 37 It is the zilu loom, and it is vertical. So the mirage of the horizontal loom recedes yet again. Where ethnography is silent, experimental archaeology takes over. It sets out to answer specific questions about early textile making, but, like the Kon-Tiki expedition, it can only illustrate what is feasible, not prove a thesis. Repeated experimentation can begin to reveal the requirements of a given task in terms of materials and labour.

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