Textile Economy and Urbanisation in Mediterranean Europe 1000-500BCE
The PROCON project aims to explore the role of textile production and consumption in the formation of early states, using the example of the Mediterranean Europe. The aim is to test the hypothesis that textile production and consumption was a significant driving force of the economy and of the creation and perception of wealth in Mediterranean Europe during the period of urbanisation and early urbanism in 1000-500 BCE.
The focus will be 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. This aim is achieved by addressing the following questions:
- How was this production and consumption organised: where did the various resources come from, what were the technologies used, what was the level of organisation?
- Who was involved in textile production and consumption?
- What was the quality and quantity of textiles produced and how they changes over time in response of urban consumer demands?
The geographical area selected for this study is eastern, central and western Mediterranean Europe, Greece, Italy and Spain.
- This is a new research project and related outputs will be made available here in due course.
- Margarita Gleba and Susanna Harris presented a paper at the international conference Frontiers of the Iron Age organised at the University of Cambridge on 20-22 September 2013:
The conference focused on central Italy during the period from the Iron Age to Romanisation in order to understand the distinctive regional development of central Italy (e.g. Etruscans, Latins and Umbrians). Gleba and Harris 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.
- For more information please visit: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/procon
- European Research Council Starting Grant (2013-2018)