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Textile Production and Consumption in the Ancient Near East: Archaeology, Epigraphy, Iconography

Textile Production and Consumption in the Ancient Near East: Archaeology, Epigraphy, Iconography

Hardback Ancient Textiles

Edited by Eva Andersson Strand, Edited by Henriette Koefoed, Edited by Marie-Louise Nosch

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  • Publisher: Oxbow Books
  • Format: Hardback | 200 pages
  • Dimensions: 192mm x 248mm x 22mm | 998g
  • Publication date: 31 March 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 1842174894
  • ISBN 13: 9781842174890
  • Illustrations note: 8 colour & 82 b/w illustrations
  • Sales rank: 503,951

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In the past, textile production was a key part of all ancient societies. The Ancient Near East stands out in this respect with the overwhelming amount of documentation both in terms of raw materials, line of production, and the distribution of finished products. The thirteen intriguing chapters in Textile Production and Consumption in the Ancient Near East describe the developments and changes from household to standardised, industrialised and centralised productions which take place in the region. They discuss the economic, social and cultural impact of textiles on ancient society through the application of textile tool studies, experimental testing, context studies and epigraphical as well as iconographical sources. Together they demonstrate that the textile industries, production, technology, consumption and innovations are crucial to, and therefore provide an in-depth view of ancient societies during this period. Geographically the contributions cover Anatolia, the Levant, Syria, the Assyrian heartland, Sumer, and Egypt.

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Each study provides increased clarity to the complex understanding of the meanings behind textiles and the roles that they played in ancient societies.--Deborah R. Cassuto"Journal of Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology and Heritage Studies" (01/01/0001)