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Spinning for the gods? Preliminary observations on prehistoric textile production at Hierakonpolis, Egypt

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Around 3500 BC, an adult elephant was sacrifi ced and buried in the elite cemetery of Hierakonpolis in the very south of Egypt. The elephant was given a burial similar to humans including a linen shroud. This shroud is just one of an impressive number of textiles found at the site illustrating a range of uses. The textiles of the late prehistory in Egypt, the predynastic period, have not yet been thoroughly researched, and the linen of the elephant’s shroud therefore presents a unique opportunity to consider the time used to produce it and the expertise of the spinners and weavers. The information from textile tools found at Hierakonpolis can now also be added to this story. The results of research into the elephant’s shroud and the textile tools quesion our perception of early textile production.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
Artikelnummer1
TidsskriftArchaeological Textiles Review
Udgave nummer61
Sider (fra-til)3-13
Antal sider11
ISSN0169-7331
StatusUdgivet - 31 dec. 2019

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