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Archaeological Textiles – A Need for New Methods of Analysis and Reconstruction

Archaeological Textiles – A Need for New Methods of Analysis and Reconstruction

Cybulska, Maria & Maik, Jerzy (Technical University of Łódź Institute of Textile Architecture)

FIBRES & TEXTILES in Eastern Europe January / December 2007, Vol. 15, No. 5 – 6

Abstract

Archaeological textiles bear important testimony to everyday life, farming, trade, migration of nations, religious rituals, art and technical culture. The main reason we know very little about them is that textiles are very impermanent, fragile, and can survive well only in very good conditions. Most of them become nearly completely destroyed due to ageing in an extremely hard archaeological environment . However, it is possible to determine and identify the properties that archaeological textiles had in the past. Research undertaken by us resulted in the development of methods of analysis and visualisation of archaeological textiles in the form they were originally made, which will be presented in our next paper. This paper is to present the main problems scientists have to face when dealing with archaeological textiles .

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