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Malgorzata Siennicka

Malgorzata Siennicka


My research interests focus on the Bronze Age Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean in general, and more specifically on small finds, textile production, craftsmanship, balance weights and metrology, settlements and architecture. In my PhD (OIKIΣMOΣ. Spatial and Social Organisation of Late Helladic III Mycenae and Contemporary Settlements in the Argolid, 2010, Institute of Archaeology, University of Warsaw. Supervisor: University Prof. Dr. Kazimierz Lewartowski) I studied social and spatial organisation of the Mycenaean settlements in the Argolid. I participated in several international research projects where I examined textile implements and production in Bronze Age Greece. I joined a number of excavation projects in Greece, Russia and Poland. I have gained substantial teaching experience at the University of Warsaw, at both undergraduate and graduate level. 

Current research

Marie Curie Actions Intra-European Fellowship (call: FP7-PEOPLE-2012-IEF).

Greek Textile Tools. Continuity and changes in textile production in Early Bronze Age Greece


This project will provide new insights into the development and importance of textile production techniques in Greece in the Early Bronze Age (EBA). During this period basic cultural features of the later Minoan and Mycenaean civilisations were determined, yet the impact of textile production in this process has never been investigated. Despite the fact that EBA Greece developed significant links with Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean, their impact on textile production and technical development throughout the 3rd Millennium BC is yet to be studied.

A systematic analysis of textile tools, their first appearance and distribution patterns will be the project’s point of departure. Full sets of EBA textile tools will be tested experimentally at the Centre of Textile Research in Copenhagen and evaluated with an international team of textile researchers in order to understand the manufacturing techniques and to identify the types of threads used (animal vs. plant).

My objectives are

  1. To examine the rate of development of textile techniques
  2. To elucidate the role of textiles in the long debated cultural change at the end of the EBA
  3. To integrate theoretical and practical studies on textile tools in order to develop new ways of interpreting archaeological data
  4. To address social and economic issues by analysing contextual evidence from settlements with implications to functional zones and the status of textile production.

This project will be carried out through collaboration with numerous sites and research institutions in Greece, Germany and Denmark.

The expected major accomplishments will be

  1. A far greater understanding of the development of textile production in EBA Greece and the impact of its contacts with Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean
  2. The evaluation of analytical methods and experiments to understand the function of the textile tools
  3. The integration of these new results into a more robust archaeological reconstruction of EBA Greece.


Research project First Textiles 

2013-2017 First Textiles. Beginnings of Textile Production in Europe and the Near East (Centre for Textile Research, University of Copenhagen)


* Session ‘Textiles in a social context. Textile production in Europe and the Mediterranean in the 4th and 3rd millennia BCE’ within the session T03 ‘Ancient Technologies in Social Context’at the conference of the European Association of Archaeologists (EAA) 10-14 September 2014 in Istanbul

* Conference 'First Textiles' at the University of Copenhagen (May 2015)


Selected publications

  1. Published

    Mycenaean settlement patterns in the Saronic Gulf

    Siennicka, M. 2003 In : Swiatowit. 4 ([XLV, Fasc. A), 2002-2003, p. 179-193 14 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

  2. Published

    House - Settlement - Province. Social Space in Middle- and Late Helladic Korakou and Corinthia

    Siennicka, M. 2003 In : Swiatowit. 5 (XLVI, Fasc. A), 2003, p. 69-90 21 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

  3. Published

    Fireside – Rooms with Hearths in Early Helladic Non-Monumental Domestic Architecture

    Siennicka, M. 2003 In : Swiatowit. 4 [XLV, Fasc. A], 2002, p. 173-178 6 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

  4. Published

    Ognisko domowe - pomieszczenia z paleniskami w architekturze mieszkalnej okresu wczesnohelladzkiego

    Siennicka, M. 2004 In : Studia i materiały archeologiczne. 11, 2003, p. 141-156 16 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

  5. Published

    Jak mieszkali starożytni? Dom i życie codzienne we wczesnym okresie epoki brązu na terenie Grecji Lądowej

    Siennicka, M. 2002 In : Meander. 5-6, 2002, p. 513-525 13 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

  6. Published

    Spatial Organisation of Late Mycenaean Settlements

    Siennicka, M. 2010 Siedlung und Handwerk. Studien zu sozialen Kontexten in der Bronzezeit. Beiträge zu den Sitzungen der Arbeitsgemeinschaft Bronzezeit auf der Jahrestagung des Nordwestdeutschen Verbandes für Altertumforschung in Schleswig 2007 und auf dem Deutschen Archäologenkongress in Mannheim 2008 . Horejs, B. & Kienlin, T. (eds.). Bonn, p. 69-94 26 p. (Universitaetsforschungen zur Praehistorischen Archaeologie; No. 194).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapter

  7. Published

    Home sweet home, czyli jak mieszkali Mykeńczycy

    Siennicka, M. 2009 Blisko i daleko. Księga jubileuszowa Instytutu Archeologii Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego. Lewartowski, K. & Szymczak, K. (eds.). Warsaw, p. 159-166 7 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapter

  8. Published

    Textile Production in Early Helladic Tiryns

    Siennicka, M. 2012 In : Aegaeum. 33, p. 65-76 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

  9. Published

    Archeologia egejska. Podręcznik

    Siennicka, M. 2008 online.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  10. Published

    Textile Tools at Tiryns

    Rahmstorf, L., Siennicka, M., Andersson Strand, E. B., Nosch, M. L. B. & Cutler, J. 2015 Tools, Textiles and Contexts. Investigations of textile production in the Bronze Age Eastern Mediterranean. Nosch, M-L. & Andersson Strand, E. (eds.). Oxford: Oxbow Books, (Ancient Textile Series).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapter

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