Marie Skłodowska-Curie Projects
Archaeology of textile production in the kingdom of Meroe (TexMeroe)
By Elsa Yvanez
The TexMeroe project aims to gain a better knowledge of the Sudanese ancient kingdom of Meroe (c. 300 BCE – 550 CE), exploring its social organisation and economic system through the study of textile production. The many well-preserved textiles, tools and costume representations discovered on archaeological sites throughout Sudan and Nubia provide new evidences that shed light on this little-known side of Meroitic history.
Monks, Nuns, and Textiles (MONTEX)
By Maria Joanna Mossakowska
The MONTEX project examines Egyptian society in the Late Roman, Byzantine and Early Arab periods through its economy and material culture. The project focuses on the production, circulation, and distribution of textiles. This research will be conducted using the monastic environment as an example.
Textiles in Etruscan Dance 8th-5th cent. BCE (TEXDANCE)
By Audrey Gouy
The TEXDANCE project proposes an original study of Etruscan ritual and religious practices, conducted through research on the textiles in dance. In Etruscan ritual practices, dance had a key role and constituted an important form of non-verbal religious and social communication. It is what the TEXDANCE research project will explore in depth by focusing on dance’s props and textiles.
TUNICS: The expression of cultural cross-fertilization in Egyptian clothing of the 7th-10th century AD
By Anne Kwaspen
The TUNICS project explores the impact of cultural cross-fertilization between the diverse populations in Egypt in the Early Medieval period, through a comparative study of the garments people were wearing.
In general, archeological clothing and textile finds from the 1st millennium AD are exceptional because of the transient nature of the organic material. Nevertheless, the specific conditions of the desert environment in Egypt, beneficial for the preservation of textiles, have led to an impressive quantity of valuable archaeological textile material. These finds, from cemeteries and settlements, have resulted in a unique source for the study of textiles and clothing from Late Antiquity.