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Interweaving Colonial and Local Networks: Textile Production in Early Iron Age Iberia

Author(s): Beatriz Marin-Aguilera

Year: 2017

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The role of textile production and consumption in the formation of Early Iron Age states in Mediterranean Europe has been often neglected in favour of other economic activities such as pottery making and distribution, as well as metallurgy. In the Western Mediterranean, connectivity has been mainly addressed through the study of Phoenician and/or Greek pottery in local settlements and viceversa. However, intensive production and consumption of textiles was at the heart of urbanisation throughout the history of the world. Cloth was used as an ethnic and identity marker, as a tribute, as a trade product, and as an elite way of self-promotion, among many other things. Textile production and consumption are thus a fruitful venue to understand colonial relations in the region, as well as the interactions between both local communities and between them and the colonisers. In this paper, I focus on those interactions exploring several case studies of textile production in Iberia from the 8th-5th century BC.

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Interweaving Colonial and Local Networks: Textile Production in Early Iron Age Iberia. Beatriz Marin-Aguilera. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 431747)


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min long: -11.074; min lat: 37.44 ; max long: 50.098; max lat: 70.845 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 17035

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America