From Minos to Midas

From Minos to Midas

Ancient Cloth Production in the Aegean and in Anatolia

eBook - 2010
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Textile production was of greater value and importance to people in the past than any other social craft activity: everyone depended on cloth. As with other craft goods, such as pottery, metal objects, or ivory carving, the large-scale production and exchange of textiles required specialization and some degree of centralization.
Textile production was of greater value and importance to people in the past than any other social craft activity: everyone depended on cloth. As with other craft goods, such as pottery, metal objects, or ivory carving, the large-scale production and exchange of textiles required specialization and some degree of centralization. This book takes an explicitly economic approach to textile production, focusing on regional centers, most often referred to as palaces, to understand the means by which states in the Aegean and Anatolia financed themselves through cloth industries. From this we can look for evidence of social stratification, inter-regional exchange, and organized bureaucracies. Spanning multiple millennia and various sources of evidence, Burke illustrates the complex nature of cloth production, exchange, and consumption and what this tells us about individual societies and prehistoric economies, as well as how developments in cloth industries reflect larger aspects of social organization.

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In this revised version of his 1998 PhD dissertation (from UCLA), Burke (U. of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada) presents a fascinating overview of the production of textiles over the centuries from the Minoans through the Phrygians. He bases his analysis on archaeological finds of loom weights, loom combs, spindle whorls, and other implements; on sites where the preparation of raw materials and the weaving took place; and on representations of looms and textiles on vases, walls, and other painted and carved surfaces. The focus is strictly on production, not on garments, though representations of garments provide evidence for the study. He includes discussion of the growing and processing of flax and wool and concludes with a comparative analysis of textile production in the ancient world and an impressively full bibliography. Distributed in North America by The David Brown Book Co. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Oxford ; Oakville : Oxbow Books, ©2010
ISBN: 9781842177730
1842177737
9781842174067
1842174061
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xv, 206 pages) : illustrations, maps

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