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University of Cambridge
The Old Schools, Trinity Lane, CB2 1 Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
In the past few years the field of archaeological textile research has witnessed a major dynamism as demonstrated by numerous conferences and publications on the topic, as well as establishment of large-scale interdisciplinary collaborative projects. The necessary next step is to integrate this growing field of study into wider academic discourse in order to address some of the wider research questions where evidence for textiles has hitherto been virtually unexplored. The project PROCON Production and Consumption: Textile Economy and Urbanisation in the Mediterranean Europe in 1000-500 BC (PROCON), funded by the European Research Council Starting Grant (2013-2018) and hosted by the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge, UK, aims to test the hypothesis that textile production and consumption was a significant driving force of the economy and of the creation and perception of wealth in Mediterranean Europe during the period of urbanisation and early urbanism in 1000-500 BCE.
The PROCON project has gathered a substantial amount of new data on textile production for the period of urbanisation in Greece, Italy and Spain. The aim of this international symposium is to discuss the significance of the production and consumption of textiles for the development of urban centres in these areas during 1000-500 BCE (as clothing, elite regalia, trade and exchange items) within the broader perspective of other production activities. We are particularly interested to explore how productive activities during this period related to other economic aspects such as the use of farm land, labour resources, rise of the elites, as well as the development of urban lifestyle.
With this in mind, we have asked the invited participants to focus on the economies of production at specific sites or regions of Greece, Italy and Spain in order to place textile production in a wider economic context.