By Marie-louise B. Nosch
An knowing of textiles and the function they performed long ago is necessary for an individual drawn to earlier societies. Textiles served and in reality 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 exact examples within the north, yet valuable little within the south, the place oblique facts comes from things like vase portray and frescoes. This quantity brings jointly those faculties to seem in additional aspect at textiles within the old global, 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 historical past; from Syria within the mid-third millennium BC, to 17th Century Germany. part , Crafts and know-how makes a speciality of 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 historical 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 diverse disciplines.
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5 Margrethe Hald is an example of this. Born 1897 on a farm in Jutland, Denmark, she was educated as a weaver (Dansk Biografisk Leksikon). Grace M. Crowfoot is another good example. The wife of a civil servant in the British administration of Egypt and the Sudan, she became interested in traditional weaving techniques by observing local women and taught herself to use primitive looms, Ferry 1998, 15, 22f. 6 See Martin Ciszuk’s paper in this volume. 7 Montelius 1900, 268; 1903, 17, quoted by Gräslund 1974, 210, and Olsen 1997, 80.
Ancient Textiles Production, Crafts and Society Marie-louise Nosch C. com and The David Brown Book Company PO Box 511, Oakville, CT 06779, USA (Phone: 860-945-9329; Fax: 860-945-9468) Cover drawing by Margrete Hald Printed in Great Britain at Short Run Press, Exeter Table of Contents Title Page Copyright Page Introduction PART 1 INTRODUCTION TO TEXTILES: BACKGROUND, STUDIES AND APPLICATION 1 Methodological Introduction 2 The World According to Textiles 3 The Academic Craftsman–A Discussion on Knowledge of Craft in Textile Research PART 2 PRODUCTION AND ORGANIZATION 4 Textile Tools and Production during the Viking Age 5 Spinning and Weaving at Tell Mardikh-Ebla (Syria): Some Observations on Spindle-Whorls and Loom-Weights from the Bronze and Iron Ages 6 Textile Industry and Minoan Palaces 7 Flax and Linen Textiles in the Mycenaean Palatial Economy 8 Cloth Production in Late Bronze Age Greece: the Documentary Evidence 9 Washing and Dyeing Installations of the Ancient Mediterranean: towards a Definition from Roman Times back to Minoan Crete 10 The Kingdom of Midas and Royal Cloth Production 11 Textile Production in Proto-historic Italy: from Specialists to Workshops 12 Textiles from the 1st Century CE in Jerusalem–a Preliminary Report 13 Artifacts Related to Preparation of Wool and Textile Processing Found Inside the Terrace Houses of Ephesus, Turkey 14 ‘Dyeing’ in Ancient Italy?
9 Further, as description is an essential part of scholarship, it becomes important to monopolize access to the data that are to be described, to prevent other people from stealing one’s thunder. Experimental archaeology, on the other hand, is based on deductive reasoning. Research starts with a question, a hypothesis. Take, for example, Andrew Sherratt’s suggestion that the occurrence of wool was part of what he termed the ‘Secondary Products Revolution’, a second phase of the process of Neolithiza-tion.
Ancient Textiles: Production, Crafts, and Society by Marie-louise B. Nosch