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Department of Archaeology



Strand Production involves: 

a. Gathering data on the producers through iconographic and burial evidence:

  • collection of data from representations of textile production (e.g. in Greek vase painting) 
  • and burials with textile implements in order to analyse the sex and socio-economic status of various agents involved in textile production. 

b. Investigation of textile techniques through analysis of extant textiles’ structure: 

  • collection and analysis of data on textiles to understand geographical and chronological patterns of textile techniques. 

c. Assessment of the type and scale of textile production: 

  • study of number, distribution, and morphology of tools, based on statistical analyses of their physical parameters of preservation, size, weight, and use wear, to obtain data about technology and scale of textile manufacture for a particular site. 

d. Ascertaining textile production organisation: 

  • tool distribution patterns will be used to identify areas of production and to ascertain how textile production was organised and carried out (workshops or household contexts); 
  • functional typologies of tools, combined with analysis of the contexts in which they were found and their distribution patterns, will be used to make inferences about textile production on sites.