Textile tools and production at a Mycenaean secondary centre

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dc.contributor.author MacDonald, Max K.
dc.date.accessioned 2017-08-31T20:05:36Z
dc.date.available 2017-08-31T20:05:36Z
dc.date.copyright 2017 en_US
dc.date.issued 2017-08-31
dc.identifier.uri https://dspace.library.uvic.ca//handle/1828/8531
dc.description.abstract This thesis is a study of textile production in the Late Bronze Age, using new evidence uncovered by excavations at Ancient Eleon in Boeotia, Greece. Textile production is a nearly forgotten art. To the Mycenaeans of the Greek Late Bronze Age (ca. 1700-1100 BCE) textiles were nearly a form of currency, and a symbol of power. This thesis begins by examining the Mycenaean administration of textile production, which was systematically controlled by the palatial centres of Greece and Crete. Linear B documents record resources and workers under palatial control, and the amounts of cloth that they were expected to produce. The Mycenaean palace at Thebes was the administrative centre that controlled the region of eastern Boeotia, including sites such as Eleon. No document directly links textile production at Eleon to Thebes, but other Theban tablets and the two sites’ close proximity suggest a similar relationship to other Mycenaean centres and their dependents. Usually, ancient textiles from Greece do not survive in the archaeological record. The only evidence that remains is the Linear B archives and the tools of production. Linear B tablets have not been found at Eleon, but many spindle whorls for yarn production, loom weights for weaving, and other tools indicating the production of textiles have been recovered from the site. This thesis discusses the significance of these objects and attempts to place Eleon in the greater context of the Mycenaean textile industry. en_US
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Available to the World Wide Web en_US
dc.subject Greece en_US
dc.subject Thebes en_US
dc.subject Tools en_US
dc.subject Textiles en_US
dc.subject spindle whorls en_US
dc.subject Loomweights en_US
dc.subject Mycenaean en_US
dc.subject Minoan en_US
dc.subject Eleon en_US
dc.subject Boeotia en_US
dc.subject Bronze Age en_US
dc.subject Archaeology en_US
dc.subject Prehistory en_US
dc.title Textile tools and production at a Mycenaean secondary centre en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor Burke, B. (Brendan)
dc.degree.department Department of Greek and Roman Studies en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Arts M.A. en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Graduate en_US

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