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Lecture by The Danish Egyptological Society

The importance of textiles in Ancient Egypt: a view from the New Kingdom by Chiara Spinazzi-Lucchesi, Marie Skłodowska-Curie postdoc at the Centre for Textile Research, University of Copenhagen

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Torsdag 6. oktober 2022,  kl. 17:30 - 18:30


Antikmuseet, Victor Albecks Vej 3, bygn. 1414, Aarhus Universitet


The Danish Egyptological Society

The Danish Egyptological Society and The Museum of Ancient Art presents a talk about textile industry in the New Kingdom

Textiles in Ancient Egypt, as well as in other ancient societies, were used for multifold purposes: from dressing the people to furnishing the house, from religious ceremonies to wrapping and covering the bodies of the deceased. In Pharaonic Egypt, textiles were made primarily of linen, and they still impress modern scholars with their extreme fineness and the high craftsmanship of their creators.

There are no doubts that textiles and their production occupied a very important role of the Egyptian economy. But what sources do we have to try and understand the New Kingdom textile industry? Which objects have been preserved, what can they tell us and how can we study them to learn as much as possible?

This presentation will give an overview of the available sources, archaeological and textual, that can offer a picture of the textile production in the New Kingdom. Furthermore, it will focus on a case study, Deir el-Medina, to highlight the potential of a complete approach on the topic but also the limits of the materials under study.

Please arrive at 17.20 at the latest as the doors to the museum will be locked during the talk. (The museum is open from 16.30)