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

By Marie-louise B. Nosch

An figuring out of textiles and the function they performed some time past is necessary for a person attracted to previous societies. Textiles served and in reality nonetheless do as either useful and symbolic goods. The facts for old textiles in Europe is divided really certainly alongside a north-south divide, with an abundance of tangible examples within the north, yet priceless little within the south, the place oblique facts comes from things like vase portray and frescoes. This quantity brings jointly those colleges to appear in additional element at textiles within the old international, and relies on a convention held in Denmark and Sweden in March 2003. part one, construction and corporation 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 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 historical societal teams. during the e-book emphasis is put on the universality of textiles, and the significance of data trade among students from assorted disciplines.

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Marcia-Ann Dobres’s engendered châine opératoire (2000, 208). 17 Bender Jørgensen 1986; 1992. 18 Bender Jørgensen 1986, 9/285. 19 Bender Jørgensen & Mannering 2001. 20 Pot sherds with writing. 21 Bingen et al. 1992; 1997; Bülow-Jacobsen 1996; Cuvigny 2000. 22 Van der Veen 1996; Maxfield & Peacock 2001. 23 Mannering 2000, 285; Bender Jørgensen 2006. 24 Doxiadis 1995; Corcoran 1995; Walker & Bierbrauer 1997.

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. Making them demands skill and raw materials, and is so time-consuming that advances in textile technology have had a major impact in economic and social changes.

What makes this way of reasoning better than good old-fashioned empiricism? The increased awareness of assumptions, premises and forms of argument reveals the craftsmanship in scholarship. 27 It also makes it easier to relate to fellow scholars: as friends and colleagues, rather than competitors. When knowledge is perceived as created rather than revealed, and the subjectivity of individual scholars as inevitable, monopolizing data and sources becomes meaningless. The World According to Textiles The world today is different from what it was at the beginnings of archaeology, posing different questions.

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