The importance of textile industry at Ebla is well testified by the administrative texts of the Royal Palace G (c. 2400-2300 BC), which shed light on the great quantity of textiles manufactured and exchanged under the control of the public palatial organization. Texts inform on the quality of the products, the different types of textiles, the personnel involved in the production, although they are silent on the manufacture process and on many aspects of the economic system of textiles redistribution and/or gift exchange. However, combining archaeological and epigraphic data it is possible to reach a more detailed picture of this key-sector of the Eblaic economy, which played a decisive role in the wider supra-regional urban growth in the Levant. Textile tools found in the Royal Palace G at Ebla and from other EBA Syrian sites (above all spindle-whorls, bone implements and weighing devices) can be used to reconstruct the operational sequence and the general framework of textile technology to be compared with textual data, and the variability of iconographic representations of garments corresponds to the large number of textile products cited in the texts, although a precise correlation is very difficult. Finally, zooarchaeological information shows the change in the husbandry in relation with the wool production.

From Weighing Wool to Weaving Tools. Textile Manufacture at Ebla during the Early Syrian Period in the Light of Archaeological Evidence, 2014.

From Weighing Wool to Weaving Tools. Textile Manufacture at Ebla during the Early Syrian Period in the Light of Archaeological Evidence

Peyronel, Luca
2014

Abstract

The importance of textile industry at Ebla is well testified by the administrative texts of the Royal Palace G (c. 2400-2300 BC), which shed light on the great quantity of textiles manufactured and exchanged under the control of the public palatial organization. Texts inform on the quality of the products, the different types of textiles, the personnel involved in the production, although they are silent on the manufacture process and on many aspects of the economic system of textiles redistribution and/or gift exchange. However, combining archaeological and epigraphic data it is possible to reach a more detailed picture of this key-sector of the Eblaic economy, which played a decisive role in the wider supra-regional urban growth in the Levant. Textile tools found in the Royal Palace G at Ebla and from other EBA Syrian sites (above all spindle-whorls, bone implements and weighing devices) can be used to reconstruct the operational sequence and the general framework of textile technology to be compared with textual data, and the variability of iconographic representations of garments corresponds to the large number of textile products cited in the texts, although a precise correlation is very difficult. Finally, zooarchaeological information shows the change in the husbandry in relation with the wool production.
Inglese
Breniquet, Catherine; Michel, Cécile
Wool Economy in the Ancient Near East and the Aegean. From the Beginning of Sheep Husbandry to Institutional Textile Industry
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124
138
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978-1-78297-631-8
978-1-78297-632-5
United Kingdom
Oxford
Oxbow Books
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Settore L-OR/05 - Archeologia e Storia Dell'Arte Del Vicino Oriente Antico
Settore L-OR/01 - Storia del Vicino Oriente Antico
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