International Workshop on Current Research in Textile Archaeology along the Nile - second edition

Ancient Egypt has preserved a huge quantity of textiles, mainly made of linen, while other areas have preferred other materials, such as wool and cotton. The main topic of this workshop will be the investigation of resources and processing of fibres in textile production in Ancient Egypt and Sudan.

The aim of the conference is to bring together researchers in archaeology, but also philology and iconography to discuss issues related to textiles in Ancient Egypt and Sudan and their current state of art, from different perspectives.

The workshop will take place in Copenhagen in person on the 5-6 December 2022 and it will consist of two parts: the first day of the workshop will be dedicated to presentations, while the second day will propose hands-on experiments on flax (only for speakers). The hands-on part will be conducted by spinner and weaver Marie Wallenberg and will focus on flax fibres processing and spinning according to our knowledge of the Pharaonic chaîne opératoire.

Please note that only the first day of the workshop will also be streamed live via Zoom.

Keynote speaker

Gillian Vogelsang Eastwood, Director of the Textile Research Centre of Leiden.


The participants will be invited to submit their contribution for publication in a volume.


Online: Please note that only the first day of the workshop will be streamed live via Zoom. Register for the streaming.

After registration, you will receive a Zoom link about 24 hours before the beginning of the conference.

In person: send Chiara Spinazzi-Lucchesi an e-mail before the 1 December 2022.



08.30 - 09.00  Welcome
09.00 – 09.20  D. Wollnerova - The development of the traditional royal costume on the example
of the depictions in the Chamber of Linen at Edfu.
09.20 – 09.40  V. Van Kersen - Reconstructing Middle Kingdom textile production: new
evidence from the tomb of Djehutihotep.
09.40 – 10.00  V. Turina- M. Borla – G. Pallottini - Egyptian textiles on human mummies of the
Museo Egizio - Turin: conservation strategies and preliminary study.
10.00 – 10.20  H. Hilliker - Thematic Play and Apprenticeship: An Analysis of Miniature
Textile Tools from Karanis.
10.20 – 10.40  Discussion
10.40 - 10.50  Coffee break
10.50 – 11.10  M. Borla – E. Fiore Marocchetti - Digging within a dig. Specimens from the
textile collection of the Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography of the University of
Turin (MAET).
11.10 – 11.30 Nagm Eldeen Morshed Hamza – I. Shaheen Tutankhamun’s decayed
garment and the challenges about the Conservation of colorful past.
11.30 – 11.50 E. Yvanez – A.Dickey - Common threads? A comparative study of Middle-
Nubian textiles from Egypt and Sudan (c. 2500 -1500 BCE).
11.50 – 12.10  Discussion
12.10 – 13.00 Lunch break
13.00 – 13.20  D. Stefanovic - “He donated the women of the conquered cities to the weaving
houses of the great gods” - the spatial distribution of the female textile workers across Egypt
and the Ancient Near East at the III and II millennium BC.
13.20 – 13.40  R. Skumsnes - The gender of labour in the New Kingdom textile industry.
13.40 – 14.00  K. Gabler - Laundry at Deir el-Medina: Another Look at the Laundrylists and the
Laundrymen from the Community of Workers.
14.00 - 14.20  Discussion
14.20 - 14.40  Coffee break
14.40 - 15.00  C. Spinazzi-Lucchesi – M. Wallenberg - Flax processing and its impact: a view
from experimental archaeology.
15.00 – 15.20  M. Wozniak - Some reflections on fibre provenance and processing in Old
Dongola, Sudan.
15.20 – 15.40  S. Hitchens Qasr Ibrim: An Overview of Its Tools and Textiles
15.40 – 16.00  Discussion
16.00 – 17.00  Keynote: Gillian Vogelsang – Eastwood, director of the Textile Research
Centre (Leiden).



Hands-on activity (Marie Wallenberg).

N.B. reserved to speakers.

09.00 – 10.30  Processing of fibers
10.30 - 10.45 Coffee break
10.45 – 12.00 Splicing
12.00 – 13.00 Lunch break
13.00 – 14.30  Spinning
14.30 – 14.45  Coffee break
14.45 – 16.00
Spinning and concluding remarks