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Exploring Ancient Textiles (Paperback)

Pushing the Boundaries of Established Methodologies

P&S History > Archaeology > Archaeological Method & Theory P&S History > Archaeology > Textiles & Weaving

By Alistair Dickey, Margarita Gleba, Sarah Hitchens, Gabriella Longhitano
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Series: Ancient Textiles
Pages: 176
Illustrations: B/w and colour
ISBN: 9781789257250
Published: 5th June 2022
Casemate UK Academic



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Over the past 30 years, research on archaeological textiles has developed into an important field of scientific study. It has greatly benefitted 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.

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