Organisers: Margarita Gleba, Christina Margariti and Joanne Cutler

 

In the past few years the field of archaeological textile research has witnessed a major dynamism as demonstrated by numerous conferences and publications on the topic, as well as establishment of large-scale interdisciplinary collaborative programmes. The scientific methods have been or are being developed within archaeology that can be applied to gain new knowledge about ancient textiles on unprecedented scale. 

Compared to Central and Northern Europe, textile research in Greece has been a rather neglected field until recently. The reason most often cited for the absence of studies on ancient textiles in Greece is their extremely poor preservation. Textiles, however, are much more common finds than generally thought and survive in original organic state but also as carbonised and mineralised traces, as well as in the form of imprints. Over the last 10 years, the research on and conservation of archaeological textiles carried out at the Hellenic Centre for Research and Conservation of Archaeological Textiles and the Directorate of Conservation of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture have significantly raised the awareness of textiles and related materials excavated in Greece. In addition, there are numerous other sources of evidence, such as textile tools, palaeobotanic and archaeozoological remains, as well as iconographic and literary sources, which permit us to gain valuable information about many and varied aspects of textile production in ancient Greece.

The interdisciplinary workshop will gather specialists in these fields in order to bring together and to discuss the various methods and approaches to textile and fibre studies in ancient Greece with a particular focus on the 1st millennium BCE. The overall aim of this session is to demonstrate the potential of archaeological textiles for the investigation of ancient Greek economy, technology and agriculture and to discuss new methods that can be applied to the investigation of ancient textiles.