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Making Textiles in pre-Roman and Roman Times: People, Places, Identities

3 December 2013

Making Textiles in pre-Roman and Roman Times: People, Places, Identities

Margarita Gleba's latest edited volume highlighting research on archaeological textiles is now available.

Published by Oxbow Books, Making Textiles in pre-Roman and Roman Times: People, Places, Identities, Volume 13 of the Ancient Textiles series, explores the abundant archaeological and written evidence to understand the typological and geographical diversity of textile commodities.

Beginning in the Iron Age, the volume examines the foundations of the textile trade in Italy and the emergence of specialist textile production in Austria, the impact of new Roman markets on regional traditions and the role that gender played in the production of textiles.

Trade networks from far beyond the frontiers of the Empire are traced, whilst the role of specialized merchants dealing in particular types of garment and the influence of Roman collegia on how textiles were produced and distributed are explored.

Margarita Gleba is currently leading the ERC-funded PROCON project at the Institute which involves the investigation of the role of textile production and consumption in the urbanization of Mediterranean Europe. The focus of this unique interdisciplinary project is on the significance of the production and consumption of textiles for the development of city-states (as clothing, elite regalia, trade and exchange items) and the implications of this for other aspects of the economy, such as the use of farm land, labour resources and the development of urban lifestyle.

Earlier this term Margarita and Susanna Harris presented their research at the international conference on Frontiers of the Iron Age organised by the University of Cambridge. They presented some of the themes they are exploring within the scope of the PROCON project, focusing on dress as a cultural product the design and use of which are subject to cultural patterning, and which may be used to establish the visual frontier of an individual or a group with respect to other individuals or groups.