Prehistoric, Ancient Near Eastern & Aegean Textiles and Dress: An Interdisciplinary Anthology (Ancient Textiles Series 18)

Prehistoric, Ancient Near Eastern & Aegean Textiles and Dress: An Interdisciplinary Anthology (Ancient Textiles Series 18)

By: Mary Harlow (editor), Cecile Michel (editor), Marie-Louise Nosch (editor)Hardback

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Textile and dress production, from raw materials to finished items, has had a significant impact on society from its earliest history. The essays in this volume offer a fresh insight into the emerging interdisciplinary research field of textile and dress studies by discussing archaeological, iconographical and textual evidence within a broad geographical and chronological spectrum. The thirteen chapters explore issues, such as the analysis of textile tools, especially spindle whorls, and textile imprints for reconstructing textile production in contexts as different as Neolithic Transylvania, the Early Bronze Age North Aegean and the Early Iron Age Eastern Mediterranean; the importance of cuneiform clay tablets as a documentary source for both drawing a detailed picture of the administration of a textile industry and for addressing gender issues, such as the construction of masculinity in the Sumerian kingdoms of the 3rd millennium BC; and discussions of royal and priestly costumes and clothing ornaments in the Mesopotamian kingdom of Mari and in Mycenaean culture. Textile terms testify to intensive exchanges between Semitic and Indo-European languages, especially within the terminology of trade goods. The production and consumption of textiles and garments are demonstrated in 2nd millennium Hittite Anatolia; from 1st millennium BC Assyria, a cross-disciplinary approach combines texts, realia and iconography to produce a systematic study of golden dress decorations; and finally, the important discussion of fibres, flax and wool, in written and archaeological sources is evidence for delineating the economy of linen and the strong symbolic value of fibre types in 1st millennium Babylonia and the Southern Levant. The volume is part of a pair together withGreek and Roman Textiles and Dress: An Interdisciplinary Anthology edited by Mary Harlow and Marie-Louise Nosch.

About Author

Mary Harlow is an ancient historian, senior lecturer at the School of Archaeology and Ancient History, University of Leicester. She works on Roman dress and the Roman life course. Her research combines literary studies, iconography and archaeology and methodologies derived from history, anthropology and sociology. Cecile Michel is Director of Research at the CNRS. She specialises in the study of cuneiform tablets, and trade and society in Upper Mesopotamia and Anatolia. Marie-Louise Nosch is Director of the Danish National Research Foundation's Centre for Textile Research, University of Copenhagen and Research professor at the SAXO Institute, University of Copenhagen.


Index, acknowledgements 1. Paula Mazare, Investigating Neolithic and Copper Age textile production in Transylvania (Romania). Applied Methods and Results 2. Sophia Vakirtzi, Chaido Koukouli-Chryssanthaki, and Stratis Papadopoulos, Spindle whorls from two prehistoric settlements on Thassos, North Aegean 3. Richard Firth. Textiles Texts of the Lagash II Period 4. Ariane Thomas, Searching for lost costumes. A few remarks about the royal costume in Ancient Mesopotamia focusing on the Amorite Kingdom of Mari 5. Matteo Vigo, Giulia Baccelli, Benedetta Bellucci, Elements for a Comparative Study of Textile Production and Consumption in the Hittite Anatolia and Its Neighbours 6. Eleni Konstantinidi-Syvridi, Buttons, pins, clips and belts... Inconspicuous dress accessories from the burial context of the Mycenaean period (16th-12th cent. BC) 7. Valentina Gasbarra, Textile Semitic Loanwords in Mycenaean as Wanderwoerter 8. Agnes Garcia-Ventura, Constructing masculinities through textile production in the Ancient Near East 9. Caroline Sauvage, Spindles and Distaffs: Late Bronze and Early Iron Age eastern Mediterranean use of solid and tapered ivory/bone shafts 10. Salvatore Gaspa Golden Decorations in Assyrian Textiles: An Interdisciplinary Approach 11. Tina Boloti, E-ri-ta's dress: contribution to the study of the Mycenaean priestesses'attire 12. Louise Quillien, Flax and Linen in the First Millennium Babylonia BCE: Origins, Craft Industry and Uses of a Remarkable Textile 13. Orit Shamir, Two Special Traditions in Jewish Garments and the Rarity of Mixing Wool and Linen Threads in the Same Textile in the Jewish Tradition

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  • ISBN13: 9781782977193
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 224
  • ID: 9781782977193
  • ISBN10: 1782977198

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