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Bronze Age wool: Provenance and dye investigations of Danish textiles

Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift
Författare Karin Margarita Frei
Ulla Mannering
Ina Vanden Berghe
Kristian Kristiansen
Publicerad i Antiquity
Volym 91
Sidor 640-654
ISSN 0003598X
Publiceringsår 2017
Publicerad vid Institutionen för historiska studier
Sidor 640-654
Språk en
Länkar dx.doi.org/10.15184/aqy.2017.64
https://gup-server.ub.gu.se/v1/asse...
Ämnesord Bronze Age, Denmark, dye, strontium isotopes, textiles, trade, wool
Ämneskategorier Historia och arkeologi

Sammanfattning

© 2017 Antiquity Publications Ltd. Recent analysis of the wool textiles from the famous Egtved oak coffin burial in Denmark indicated that the wool had been obtained from beyond Denmark. Was this an isolated case or evidence of a large-scale wool trade in the Danish Bronze Age? To investigate the broader pattern of wool provenance, textile manufacturing and trade practices, strontium isotope and organic dye analyses were conducted on textiles from a variety of selected burial contexts. Strontium isotope analysis revealed that at least 75 per cent of the Bronze Age wool samples originated outside present-day Denmark. Results also showed no evidence for the use of organic dyes, thereby supporting the hypothesis that no dyestuffs were used in Nordic Bronze Age textile production. These results challenge extant interpretations of Scandinavian Bronze Age textile provenance, and demonstrate the complexity of exchange networks in wool textiles during this period.

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