Landscape of Textile Production – University of Copenhagen

Landscape of Textile Production

By Eva Andersson Strand

In this research project textiles and textile production are via the cultural, economic, social, and gendered landscape investigated and discussed. The focus is primarily placed on Scandinavian pre-historic contexts and the research is accomplished through a systematic registration and analysis of raw materials of vegetal and animal origin, tools and production installations in combination with aspects on the physical and social use of the landscape.

It is clear that the results have the potential to challenge earlier results as well as general assumptions on, for example, the economic impact, textile craft specialisation and organisation modes. These results enrich not only textile research, but also archaeological research in general and thereby provide a better and more plausible picture of past peoples and societies.

The ambition is also to make textile research an integral part of the university curriculum for archaeologists, as well as in archaeological field training and in local museum practice.

The results of the programme are published as articles in conference proceedings and journals in conjunction with collaborators.


Andersson Strand, E. 2016. Segelduk och segelduksproduktion i arkeologisk kontext. in Morten Ravn, Lone Gebauer Thomsen, Eva Andersson Strand and Henriette Lyngstrøm (eds.) Vikingtidens sejl. Arkeologiska skrifter

Andersson Strand, E. 2015. Textile Exchange, Trade and Production in Scandinavian Viking Age and Early Medieval Societies. In C. Jahnke and A. Huang (eds), Conference proceeding -Textiles and economy. Production and trade of textiles. The central and northern Europe as example, Copenhagen. Ancient Textiles Series, Oxford, Oxbow Books. 8-22

Andersson Strand, E. 2011. The organization of textile production in Birka and Hedeby. In S. Sigmundsson (ed.), Viking Settlements and Viking Society, Papers from the Proceedings of the Sixteenth Viking congress. Reykjavik 2009. 1-17.

Andersson Strand, E. (forthcoming). The landscape of textile production in Vorbasse. I:Lund Hansen, U. (ed.), The grave fields of the Jutland Late Roman Iron Age village Vorbasse: Burial custom, society & social structures, textile production, contacts & war.Nordiske Fortidsmindre.

Andersson Strand, E. and Heller S.-G. 2017. Production and Distribution. In Sarah-Grace Heller (ed.), Fashion in the Medieval Age (500-1450) A Cultural History of Dress and Fashion. Berg/Bloomsbury. Volume 2.

Andersson Strand, E. and Mannering U. 2014. An exceptional woman from Birka, in S. Bergerbrant and S. H. Fossøy (eds), A Stitch in Time. Essays in Honour of Lise Bender Jørgensen, Gothenburg University, GOTARC Series A. Gothenburg, 301-316.

Andersson Strand, E. and Mannering, U. 2011. Textile production in the late Roman Iron Age - a case study of textile production in Vorbasse, Denmark. In L. Boye, P Ethelberg, L. Heidemann Lutz, P. Kruse and Anne B. Sørensen (eds), Arkæologi I Slesvig Archäologie in Schleswig 61st International Sachsen symposium publication 2010 Haderslev, Danmark, Neumünster. 77-84.

Mannering , U. (ed.) 2017 Arkæologisk tekstilforskning, baggrund og ny viden. Nationalmuseet. København.