Textiles do not often appear in archaeological excavations. We find them in stable situations, for example completely under water or in desert like circumstances. When archaeologists do find textile remains, there usually is a lot of information we can derive from those. It says something about their users, about the availability of material and for example colours. But even if we don’t find textiles themselves, we can often find traces or derivatives, think of textile prints in pottery, or tools used in the production process like spinning weights. There is more than meets the eye, and it is here that experimental archaeology comes in.
More Testing of Mesoamerican Lunate Artifacts as Possible Loom Weights, that also Functioned as Twining Tools
Just how practical is it to Move a Warp-weighted Loom from between the Interior and Exterior of a Roundhouse?
The Shroud of Turin and the Extra Sheds of Warping Threads. How Hard can it be to Set up a 3/1 Chevron Twill, Herringbone on a Warp-weighted Loom?
***Replication of archaeological and ethnographic Māori textiles, under the direction of customary knowledge and previous practical experience, can provide a more nuanced understanding of the manufacture of taonga (treasures) made from fibre materials. A case study is presented here from the unique perspective of a weaver who...
The Contribution of Experimental Archaeology in Addressing the Analysis of Residues on Spindle-Whorls
***This contribution focuses on residues developing on spindle-whorls during spinning. Such a kind of tools is largely diffused in archaeological contexts where spindle-whorls were used in textile activities or deposited in burials as grave goods. Scholars recently approached...
Textile Textured Silver Ingots: A Technical Investigation into how these Textures came to be on some Viking Hoard Ingots
Prehistoric Dressing for Third Millennium Visitors. The Reconstruction of Clothing for an Exhibition in the Liptov Museum in Ruzomberok (Slovakia)
***Of Erasmus, prince of humanists (1466?-1536), no less than eight portraits from life survive – all eight in the exact same bonnet. A recently published investigation of this iconic garment (Kruseman, Sturtewagen and Malcolm-Davies, 2016) involved establishing a 250-year typology of the bonnet from iconographical sources, compiling technological and...
An Experimental Comparison of Impressions Made from Replicated Neolithic Linen and Bronze Age Woolen Textiles on Pottery
***Dyeing, especially in bright, intense colours, has been one of the methods used to embellish textiles and add to their value. A considerable dyeing industry can be shown to have existed in Pompeii. The city of Pompeii was destroyed in a volcanic eruption in AD 79, but its remains were preserved in situ...