Sheep wool in Bronze and Iron Age Europe

Rast-Eicher, Antoinette; Bender Jørgensen, Lise (2013). Sheep wool in Bronze and Iron Age Europe. Journal of archaeological science, 40(2), pp. 1224-1241. Elsevier 10.1016/j.jas.2012.09.030

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This study presents the results of a series of wool measurements from Bronze Age and Iron Age skins and textiles from Hallstatt, and Bronze Age textiles from Scandinavia and the Balkans. A new method of classification that was set up and applied on mostly mineralised Iron Age material has now been applied to a large body of non-mineralised material from the Bronze and Iron Ages. Three types of microscopes were used and their advantages and disadvantages assessed. The results of the investigation cast new light on sheep breeding and fibre processing in prehistoric Europe, and suggest that different sheep breeds existed in Bronze Age Europe.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of History and Archaeology > Institute of Archaeological Sciences > Pre- and Early History
06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of History and Archaeology > Institute of Archaeological Sciences

UniBE Contributor:

Rast, Antoinette

Subjects:

900 History > 930 History of ancient world (to ca. 499)

ISSN:

0305-4403

Publisher:

Elsevier

Language:

English

Submitter:

Antoinette Rast-Eicher

Date Deposited:

02 Jun 2014 10:27

Last Modified:

11 Jan 2015 21:21

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/j.jas.2012.09.030

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Wool, wool quality, wool selection, sheep breeding wool trade

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.52808

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/52808

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