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Department of Archaeology

 

Consumption and Exchange

Strand Consumption involves:

a. Estimation of the quantity of textiles produced: 

  • calculations of quantities of textiles produced based on estimates of city population size and minimum textile quantities needed per person. 

b. Provenance: 

  • Use of Strontium and stable isotope signature to distinguish between local/non-local textile origin. 

c. Trade routes: 

  • Investigation of trade routes of a wide range of material objects at every stage of their production, distribution, use and consumption across a large geographical region in order to insert textiles into networks of exchange for other materials such as metalwork, pottery, amber. 

d. Exchange of technologies: 

  • Investigation of textile tools made of non-local clays through petrographic analysis will be carried out in order to track technology transfer through people’s movements.