The PROCON project aims to explore the role of textile production and consumption in the formation of early states, using the example of the Mediterranean Europe during 1000-500 BCE. In this project we are seeking answers to the following questions:
- How was textile production and consumption organised: where did the various resources come from, what were the technologies used, what was the level of organisation?
- Who was involved in textile production and consumption?
- What was the quality and quantity of textiles produced and how they changed over time in response of urban consumer demands?
The focus is on the significance of the production and consumption of textiles for the development of city-states (as clothing, elite regalia, trade and exchange items) and the implications of this for other aspects of the economy, such as the use of farm land, labour resources and the development of urban lifestyle. The geographical area selected for this study is eastern, central and western Mediterranean Europe, Greece, Italy and Spain.
This website presents the basic aspects of the project background, aims and output, as well as news of our progress.
The project is funded by a European Research Council Starting Grant (2013-2018).