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    DescriptionThis pioneering work revises our notions of the origins and early development of textiles in Europe and the Near East. Using innovative linguistic techniques, along with methods from palaeobiology and other fields, it shows that spinning and pattern weaving began far earlier than has been supposed. "Prehistoric Textiles" made an unsurpassed leap in the social and cultural understanding of textiles in humankind's early history. Cloth making was an industry that consumed more time and effort, and was more culturally significant to prehistoric cultures, than anyone assumed before the book's publication. The textile industry is in fact older than pottery - and perhaps even older than agriculture and stockbreeding. It probably consumed far more hours of labor per year, in temperate climates, than did pottery and food production put together. And this work was done primarily by women. Up until the Industrial Revolution, and into this century in many peasant societies, women spent every available moment spinning, weaving, and sewing. The author, Elizabeth Wayland Barber, demonstrates command of an almost unbelievably disparate array of disciplines - from historical linguistics to archaeology and paleobiology, from art history to the practical art of weaving. Her passionate interest in the subject matter leaps out on every page. Barber, a professor of linguistics and archaeology, developed expert sewing and weaving skills as a small girl under her mother's tutelage. One could say she had been born and raised to write this book. Because modern textiles are almost entirely made by machines, we have difficulty appreciating how time-consuming and important the premodern textile industry was. This book opens our eyes to this crucial area of prehistoric human culture.


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    Title
    Prehistoric Textiles
    Subtitle
    The Development of Cloth in the Neolithic and Bronze Ages with Special Reference to the Aegean
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Elizabeth Wayland Barber
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 508
    Width: 178 mm
    Height: 254 mm
    Thickness: 38 mm
    Weight: 914 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780691002248
    ISBN 10: 069100224X
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1D
    BIC E4L: TEC
    BIC subject category V2: TDH
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S9.0
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T General Subject: 750
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 05
    BIC subject category V2: TBX
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDA
    Abridged Dewey: 930
    BISAC V2.8: SOC003000
    Ingram Subject Code: AT
    BISAC V2.8: CRA000000
    DC22: 746
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 26890
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/PREHIS
    LC classification: CC
    B&T Approval Code: A17520000
    BIC subject category V2: TDG
    BISAC V2.8: ART015050
    B&T Approval Code: A04505610
    BIC subject category V2: 1D, 1QDA
    DC20: 677.009391
    Thema V1.0: TDC, NK, TBX
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Illustrations note
    4 color plates, 217 b&w illustrations, 4 maps
    Publisher
    Princeton University Press
    Imprint name
    Princeton University Press
    Publication date
    03 January 1993
    Publication City/Country
    New Jersey
    Review quote
    Winner of the 1993 James Henry Breasted Prize, American Historical Association Winner of the 1992 Davenport Publication Award "This monumental study embraces linguistic and archaeological investigations, practical knowledge of weaving, palaeobiology, and other arcane sciences to trace the development of cloth."--Washington Post Book World "Packed full of useful and intriguing information ... also remarkably well written. This conjunction of virtues advances archaeological understanding of textiles and their social and cultural implications a giant step."--Trudy S. Kawami, Science "An exhilarating book. As the first comprehensive account of one of humanity's oldest industries, it will be a basic tool for archaeologists..."--Helen Hughes Brock, Antiquity