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Archaeological Textiles
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The term 'archaeological textile' embraces a wide range of fibrous products recovered from the earth or from submerged sites such as shipwrecks. Although 'textile' in its strictest sense means 'something woven', its meaning is usually extended to include non-woven goods such as felt, knitting and netting. These represent some of the most difficult artefacts to be managed in the post-excavation process: their fragility means that they need careful handling and their complexity makes them costly t…

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Penelope Walton Rogers, “Archaeological Textiles”, in: Encyclopedia of Medieval Dress and Textiles, Edited by: Gale Owen-Crocker, Elizabeth Coatsworth, Maria Hayward. Consulted online on 21 September 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2213-2139_emdt_COM_129>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124356, 20120503

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