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Textiles and Textile Production in Europe From Prehistory to AD 400

Textiles and Textile Production in Europe From Prehistory to AD 400

Author: Margarita Gleba Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/10/2019

There is evidence that ever since early prehistory, textiles have always had more than simply a utilitarian function. Textiles express who we are - our gender, age, family affiliation, occupation, religion, ethnicity and social, political, economic and legal status. Besides expressing our identity, textiles protect us from the harsh conditions of the environment, whether as clothes or shelter. We use them at birth for swaddling, in illness as bandages and at death as shrouds. We use them to carry and contain people and things. We use them for subsistence to catch fish and animals and for transport as sails. In fact, textiles represent one of the earliest human craft technologies and they have always been a fundamental part of subsistence, economy and exchange. Textiles have an enormous potential in archaeological research to inform us of social, chronological and cultural aspects of ancient societies. In archaeology, the study of textiles is often relegated to the marginalised zone of specialist and specialised subject and lack of dialogue between textile researchers and scholars in other fields means that as a resource, textiles are not used to their full potential or integrated into the overall interpretation of a particular site or broader aspects of human activity. Textiles and Textile Production in Europe is a major new survey that aims to redress this. Twenty-three chapters collect and systematise essential information on textiles and textile production from sixteen European countries, resulting in an up-to-date and detailed sourcebook and an easily accessible overview of the development of European textile technology and economy from prehistory to AD 400. All chapters have an introduction, give the chronological and cultural background and an overview of the material in question organised chronologically and thematically. The sources of information used by the authors are primarily textiles and textile tools recovered from archaeological contexts. In addition, other evidence for the study of ancient textile production, ranging from iconography to written sources to palaeobotanical and archaeozoological remains are included. The introduction gives a summary on textile preservation, analytical techniques and production sequence that provides a background for the terminology and issues discussed in the various chapters. Extensively illustrated, with over 200 colour illustrations, maps, chronologies and index, this will be an essential sourcebook not just for textile researchers but also the wider archaeological community.

Corby Iron and Steel Works

Corby Iron and Steel Works

Author: Steve Purcell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/09/2019

Since Corby became the site of a new iron, steel & tube works in 1933, the village of 1,500 has grown into a new torn of 60,000. Many of the families that arrived came from north of the border and Corby became known as 'Little Scotland'. Almost 30 million tons of steel were produced in the forty-six-year life of what was once the largest plant of its type in Europe. The cost of producing steel from low-grade local ore spelled the end of the works once British Steel Corporation had built large plants with deepwater docking facilities, using high-grade imported ore. Once the shutdown was complete, work soon began on demolishing the plant and changing the face of the town that was, until 1980, totally reliant on one industry. The regeneration of the area, with the help of many millions of pounds from the Government, has been Corby pull itself back from becoming a possible ghost town. This book is a collection of images from inside The Works, showing scenes that could not be generally seen by the public. It provides an inside look into the works and is a record of an industry that is no more in the Northamptonshire countryside.

The Wealden Iron Industry

The Wealden Iron Industry

Author: Jeremy Hodgkinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/08/2019

For two periods of British history - the first part of the Roman occupation and the Tudor and early Stuart periods - the Weald of south-east England was the most productive iron-producing region in the country. Looking across the tranquil Wealden countryside, it is hard to identify anything that hints at its industrial past. Yet 400 years ago, nearly 100 furnaces and forges roared and hammered there, the smoke from charcoal-making curling up from the surrounding woods and the roads bustling with wagons laden with ore and iron sows. Many British naval campaigns, including the Spanish Armada, the wars against the Dutch and The Seven Years' War, relied on Wealden iron cannon; the pressures of conflict driving forward the development of iron-producing technology. For a time the economy of the whole area was dominated by the production of iron and its raw materials, providing employment, generating prosperity and shaping the landscape irrevocably. Drawing on a wealth of local evidence, this book explores the archaeology and history of an area whose iron industry was of international importance.

La defensa de la ciudad de Valencia 1936-1939 Una arqueologia de la Guerra Civil Espanola

La defensa de la ciudad de Valencia 1936-1939 Una arqueologia de la Guerra Civil Espanola

Author: Jose Peinado Cucarella Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/05/2019

Esta publicacion nos muestra la defensa de la ciudad de Valencia durante los anos de 1936-1939 bajo dos premisas; una que es saber cuales fueron los mas sensibles y bombardeados y si responden a la idea de un bombardeo estrategico. La segunda premisa es si la ciudad dispuso de una organizacion eficiente para proteger a su poblacion civil. La propuesta metodologica se basa en la utilizacion de los parametros clasicos de la intervencion arqueologica, con la posibilidad de elaborar catalogos de bienes, tematicos, temporales, etc... que puedan derivar en herramientas para el planeamiento urbanistico, en cartas arqueologicas, y demas documentos. En ella tambien se realiza una analisis comparativo del marco legislativo actual tanto a nivel nacional como autonomico (Murcia, Valencia y Cataluna). Se realiza una clasificacion de los elementos que conforman los distintos patrimonios y sus principales caracteristicas con el fin de disponer de una base teorica donde situar los restos arqueologicos y documentales localizados, distinguiendo su naturaleza en activa (militar) centros de Resistencias, Defensa de Costa y aerodromos, y por otra la pasiva (civil) como los refugios. Se han analizado la documentacion referente a 1936 a 1939, recogida en los diferentes archivos, el Municipal de Valencia, el de la Diputacion, el Historico Militar de Avila, el Militar Intermedio de Valencia, La Biblioteca Militar 'Centro de Culturas', la Hemeroteca Municipal y La Biblioteca Valenciana. Todo ello se realiza mediante la prospeccion extensiva y mediante GPS, con levantamientos planimetricos de los restos localizados y la digitalizacion de toda la planimetria de la epoca. Se establece como unidad gestora de la documentacion el GvSIG, un software libre, que permite combinar datos geograficos, bases de datos con datos vectoriales y raster. Y se elabora una cartoteca planimetrica de todos los refugios conocidos en la ciudad de Valencia, y de los elementos mas esenciales de la defensa activa del municipio del Puig. Asi como un glosario de terminologia militar con el objeto que ayude al lector y un listado diario de los bombardeos que sufrio la ciudad durante los anos 1937 a 1939.

Europa Postmediaevalis 2018 Post-medieval pottery between (its) borders

Europa Postmediaevalis 2018 Post-medieval pottery between (its) borders

Author: Gabriela Blazkova Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/04/2019

This anthology is a collection of works from the Europa Postmediaevalis conference held in Prague in the spring of 2018. As the name of the conference suggests, the subject of interest is the Early Modern period (15th to 18th century) and the manner in which this relatively young discipline within the field of archaeology is approached in Europe. The first year of the conference set the goal of searching for topics in post-medieval archaeology that reflect their current situation while simultaneously addressing a broader group of scholars. Therefore, it is hardly surprising that the central theme pursued by generations across Europe proved to be Early Modern ceramics, the large assemblages of which are, for many of us, the bread and butter of our daily lives - a delight and often a headache resulting from their further processing. Since this issue is the one perceived most acutely in the Czech Republic, the organisers decided to share their current quandaries in this field with both domestic and foreign colleagues. The long-term objective of the conference is to create a professional platform with a uniform communication language (English) and a biennial periodicity allowing scholars to meet regularly to exchange experience gained in their study and work in post-medieval archaeology. The articles published in this anthology reflect the current state of research of Early Modern pottery in individual European countries (the Czech Republic, Croatia, Italy, Hungary, Germany, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Switzerland), including both successes and possible shortcomings. The individual studies should serve as impulses for further study, ideas for thought and discussion and, last but not least, as study material for those who come into contact with Early Modern material culture as part of their work.

Arqueologia funeraria y paleopatologia de la poblacion religiosa de Jerez en epoca moderna: una primera aproximacion

Arqueologia funeraria y paleopatologia de la poblacion religiosa de Jerez en epoca moderna: una primera aproximacion

Author: Gonzalo Castro Moreno Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/02/2019

The main objective of this book has been to open a line of research into the religious population of the city of Jerez de la Frontera, in southern Spain, during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries - the 'Modern Age' - which until now has not been thoroughly investigated. The research focusses on the archaeological and paleopathological remains of the religious population. The archaeological excavations were supported with the existing archival material, and enabled the first assessment of Jerez society to be carried out, including a whole series of elements that have not been studied thus far, such as the causes of death and disease suffered by the people of the city. To this end, a study was carried out examining the pathologies found in the skeletal remains housed at the municipal archaeological museum of Jerez de la Frontera, which originated mainly from epidemic burials. | El principal objetivo de este libro ha sido abrir una linea de investigacion hasta ahora inedita en la ciudad de Jerez de la Frontera, en el sur de Espana, la cual es el estudio social a traves de los restos arqueologicos y paleopatologicos de la poblacion religiosa en la ciudad durante la Edad Moderna, y mas concretamente los siglos XVI y XVII. En base a las intervenciones arqueologicas realizadas y con el apoyo del material de archivo existente hemos podido llevar a cabo una primera valoracion de la sociedad jerezana con toda una serie de elementos hasta ahora no estudiados, como son las causas de muerte y enfermedades sufridas por los habitantes de la ciudad. Para ello se ha realizado un estudio con las patologias halladas en los restos oseos de los depositos del museo arqueologico municipal de Jerez de la Frontera, y que fueron hallados principalmente en enterramientos epidemicos. Igualmente se ha podido exponer un principio de localizacion de las zonas usadas como lugares inhumacion y su posterior uso tras el cambio en las costumbres funerarias a principios del siglo XIX, con lo que se ha realizado una vision de la influencia en el ambito del nuevo urbanismo de la ciudad.

Blood, Faith and Iron: A dynasty of Catholic industrialists in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England

Blood, Faith and Iron: A dynasty of Catholic industrialists in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England

Author: Paul Belford Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/11/2018

The Ironbridge Gorge is an iconic industrial landscape, presented as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution and so part of a national narrative of heroic Protestant individualism. However this is not the full story. In fact this industrial landscape was created by an entrepreneurial Catholic dynasty over 200 years before the Iron Bridge was built. This book tells that story for the first time. Acquiring land at the Dissolution of the Monasteries, the Brooke family invested in coal mining and iron production - and introduced a radical new method of steelmaking which transformed that industry. Drawing together years of painstaking archaeological and historical research, this book looks in detail at the landscape, buildings and industrial installations created by the Brooke dynasty between the Dissolution and the English Civil War. It also explores the broader contexts - religious, economic and political - which shaped their mind-set and their actions. It considers medieval influences on these later developments, and looks at how the Brookes' Catholicism was reflected in the way they created a new industrial landscape. In so doing it questions traditional narratives of English industrialisation, and calls for a more sophisticated understanding of this period by historical archaeologists.

The Steamboat Phoenix and the Archaeology of Early Steam Navigation in North America

The Steamboat Phoenix and the Archaeology of Early Steam Navigation in North America

Author: George R Schwarz Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/05/2018

The Steamboat Phoenix and the Archaeology of Early Steam Navigation in North America offers an in-depth exploration of the archaeological and cultural aspects of early American steamboat development. It also tells the story of Phoenix, the second steamer to operate on Lake Champlain and the world's earliest archaeologically studied steamboat wreck. In doing so, this book provides a unique insight into early perceptions of steam navigation, including both the wonder and fear elicited by the comfort and efficiency they promised and the hazards with which they came to be associated. The advent of steam navigation contributed significantly to the economic transformation of early America, facilitating trade through the transportation of goods along the country's lakes, rivers, and canals. Despite their significant role, however, few details on the construction and operation of early steamboats have survived in historical documents. This book helps address this gap by examining the archaeological record. Using Phoenix as a case study and comparing it with the archaeological remains of other contemporary steamers, this book offers a detailed and extensive insight into the development of early steam propulsion and of steamboat culture in America, as well as a look at what life was like on board through the analysis of recovered artifacts and contemporary accounts. With over 90 illustrations, including a reconstruction of the steamboat, The Steamboat Phoenix and the Archaeology of Early Steam Navigation in North America is ideal for archaeologists and maritime historians, but also for those with a general interest in American maritime history.

The Steamboat Phoenix and the Archaeology of Early Steam Navigation in North America

The Steamboat Phoenix and the Archaeology of Early Steam Navigation in North America

Author: George R Schwarz Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/05/2018

The Steamboat Phoenix and the Archaeology of Early Steam Navigation in North America offers an in-depth exploration of the archaeological and cultural aspects of early American steamboat development. It also tells the story of Phoenix, the second steamer to operate on Lake Champlain and the world's earliest archaeologically studied steamboat wreck. In doing so, this book provides a unique insight into early perceptions of steam navigation, including both the wonder and fear elicited by the comfort and efficiency they promised and the hazards with which they came to be associated. The advent of steam navigation contributed significantly to the economic transformation of early America, facilitating trade through the transportation of goods along the country's lakes, rivers, and canals. Despite their significant role, however, few details on the construction and operation of early steamboats have survived in historical documents. This book helps address this gap by examining the archaeological record. Using Phoenix as a case study and comparing it with the archaeological remains of other contemporary steamers, this book offers a detailed and extensive insight into the development of early steam propulsion and of steamboat culture in America, as well as a look at what life was like on board through the analysis of recovered artifacts and contemporary accounts. With over 90 illustrations, including a reconstruction of the steamboat, The Steamboat Phoenix and the Archaeology of Early Steam Navigation in North America is ideal for archaeologists and maritime historians, but also for those with a general interest in American maritime history.

The Identification of Slags from Archaeological Sites

The Identification of Slags from Archaeological Sites

Author: Hans-Gert Bachmann Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/06/2017

This is a guide to the field identification and laboratory analysis of metallic slags found in archaeological sites.