Textile tools from the 2007 - 2010 survey at Ancient Eleon

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2022-09-08

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Dragushan, Sky

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The following research on surveyed textile tools was conducted under the supervision of Dr. Trevor van Damme through the Eastern Boeotia Archaeological Project (EBAP) in Greece. This research investigates nine incomplete textile tools, and evaluates their uses throughout various ages of antiquity. Primary data was obtained through measuring and weighing the objects. Secondary data was gathered through literature review, which ensured objects were dated with adequate comparanda. My analysis indicates that the presence of a commercial weaving settlement at Ancient Eleon is unlikely, while supporting the hypothesis that domestic weaving was taking place. Additionally, my research highlights the availability and popularity of pottery sherds reworked to be textile tools.

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archaeology, textile tools, spindle whorls, loom weights, weaving, spinning, Bronze Age, Iron Age, Classical Period, Greece, Mediterranean, Eastern Boeotia, Ancient Eleon, EBAP

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