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H 290 x W 205 mm

338 pages

171 figures, 13 tables

Published Apr 2020

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781789694482

Digital: 9781789694499

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Ancient textiles; Mesopotamia; Levant; Nile Valley; Ancient Egypt

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The Genesis of the Textile Industry from Adorned Nudity to Ritual Regalia: The Changing Role of Fibre Crafts and Their Evolving Techniques of Manufacture in the Ancient Near East from the Natufian to the Ghassulian

By Janet Levy

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This volume documents and evaluates the changing role of fibre crafts and their evolving techniques of manufacture and also their ever-increasing wider application in the lives of the inhabitants of the earliest villages of the Ancient Near East.



List of Figures ;
List of Tables ;
Abstract ;
Chapter 1: Objective, Methodology, Geography, History of Research ;
Chapter 2: The Natufian ;
Chapter 3: The Pre-pottery Neolithic A (PPNA) ;
Chapter 4: The Pre-pottery Neolithic B (PPNB) ;
Chapter 5: The Pottery Neolithic (PN) ;
Chapter 6: The Chalcolithic ;
Chapter 7: Discussion and conclusions ;
Bibliography ;
Appendix A: The Basics of Fibre Technologies ;
Appendix B: Experiments ;
Appendix C ;
Appendix D

About the Author

Janet Levy is affiliated with the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel. Her research focuses on a broad spectrum of fibre technologies attested from initial sedentism in the southern Levant c.13,000 BCE and their role within the regional cultures. In addition to the study of archaeological sources, her approach is based on experimental replication in tandem with ethnographic input, primarily from beyond the southern Levant.


'This is a book of evidence. Levy has the tenacity of a bulldog in pursuing and dragging in every possible form of evidence for a very elusive subject that has been central to human existence for many millennia.'