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North European Symposium for Archaeological Textiles - 22-23-24-25-26/05/2017, Liberec (Czech Republic)


Following the example of the previous conferences, NESAT XIII will consider prehistoric and historic textile finds, focused on contextual analysis of finds and new methods. Papers on other current research topics related to archaeological textiles are also welcome. The organizers encourage papers that present lesser known or recently excavated textiles, techniques and iconography that will generate discussion and exchange of information among the conference attendees.



FECHA/DATE/DATA: 22-23-24-25-26/05/2017


LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Technical University of Liberec (Liberec, Czech Republic)



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Monday 22 May
14:00 - 20:00
Registration (Technical University in Liberec, building G, Studentská Street 2)
Tuesday 23 May
from 7:30
Registration (Technical University in Liberec, building G, Studentská Street 2)
9:00 - 9:30

Opening Ceremony
9:30 - 11:00


S. Harris – A. Jones: Beautiful things: textiles from an Early Bronze Age cremation, Whitehorse Hill, England

J. Słomska – Ł. Antosik: Cemetery in Świbie. Source of Information on Textile Production in the Iron Age

B. Dimova: Textile research in Bulgaria

M. Przymorska-Sztuczka: New finds of textiles from the Wielbark culture cemetary in Wilkowo, Lębork distict

11:00 - 11:20
Coffee Break
11:20 - 12:50

N. Kramer: Boats, Bogs and Burials. Archaeological Textiles from the Roman period in the Netherlands

T. Štolcová – D. Schaarschmidt – I. Vanden Berghe – S. Mitschke: Insights into multi-coloured tapestry textiles from Poprad-Matejovce, Slovakia. Excavation, conservation and analysis.

A. Rast-Eicher: Textiles from two graves of Late Antiquity found in a mausoleum in Jaunay-Clan (F)

Z. Kaczmarek: Creolizing Textiles. Some New Light on Textile Production and Consumption in Roman Age Free Germania

12:50 - 14:30
Lunch (Presentation of looms)
14:30 - 16:00
3. Section: OVERVIEWS

J. Maik: 70 years of research on archaeological textiles in Poland

J. Pásztókai-Szeőke – V. Kiss – G. Kulcsár – M. Mordovin – Z. Mráv – P. Polgár – I. Radman-Livaja – V. Szeverényi – I. Szathmári – I. Vida: Mixtura texturalis – recent research of archaeological textiles and textile production in Hungary

E. Orlińska-Mianowska – D. Berbelska – M. Cybulska: Surface exploration, the importance of museum collections in the study of archaeological textiles

A. Collins: A Comparative Analytical Study of Extant Garments from Early Modern Ireland

16:00 - 16:20
Coffee Break
16:20 - 17:30
4. Section: ANALYZES

H. Lukešová: Identifying Archaeological Plant Fibre Textiles by means of the Herzog test. Possibilities and limits o polarized light microscopy

R. Chen – M. Gleba – L. Bartos – D. Sanders – A. Hidred: Sails of the Mary Rose: preliminary results of textile and fibre analyses

D. Waudby: Title Retrospective Review of Plant Fibre Diagnostics and Prospects for Future Ethnographic and Archaeological Research Projects

17:30 - 18:00
ATR - General Meeting
19:30 - 21:00
Welcome Drink and Festive Lecture by Milena Bravermanová
Wednesday 24 May
9:00 - 10:30

Ch. Brandenburgh: Early medieval textiles from the Netherlands – new research and results

T. Niepold: Trossingen Grave 58 – News from the singer

S. Möller-Wiering: Early Medieval Finds from Rheinland-Pfalz. With Notes on a Technological “Anachronism”

K. Grömer: Simple linen, patterned fabrics and silk samitum. Textiles from the Slavic Cemetery Thunau in Lower Austria

10:30 - 10:50
Coffee Break and Photographing
10:50 - 12:20

U. Mannering – I. Skals: Textile News from Bornholm in Denmark. Recently excavated textiles from a well-known Late Iron Age cemetery

F. Pritchard: Twill weaves from Viking-age Dublin

E. Wincott Heckett: Textiles from the Viking Warrior Grave, Woodstown, Co. Waterford, Ireland

S. Jansone: Textile imprints in Grobina - fabrics and their possible uses

12:20 - 14:00
Lunch (Presentation of looms)
14:00 - 15:30
7. Section: MIDDLE AGES

A. Rybarczyk: Knitting from excavations in Elbing

É. Retournard: Textiles for miners and mining: the archaeological textiles from Brandes-en-Oisans (12th-14th centuries, Isère, France)

R. Rammo: Life on a medieval cog through archaeological textiles

R. Case – M. McNealy – B. Nutz: The Lengberg Finds: Remnants of the Lost 15th Century Tailoring Revolution

15:30 - 15:50
Coffee Break
15:50 - 17:00
8. Section: DYEING

D. Kohout – H. Březinová – M. Bravermanová – I. Víden: Textile quality, colours and identificated organic dyes. Silk and wollen textiles from the waste layers of medieval Prague

K. Vajanto – M. Pasanen: Dyes and Dyeing Methods used in Finland 1000 Years Ago

A. Bruselius Scharff: The assessment of natural pigmentation in archaeological wool

17:00 - 18:00
Poster Section
19:30 - 23:00
Festive Evening (Severočeské muzeum v Liberci/The North Bohemian Museum in Liberec, Masarykova Street 11)
Thursday 25 May
9:00 - 10:30
9. Section: MODERN AGE

D. Henri: Textile production and consumption in Tours (France) in the 15th and 16th centuries: an archaeological approach

J. Malcolm-Davies: “Silk” hats from a sheep’s back: How sixteenth century craftspeople created legal luxuries

N. Pavlova: Children's burial clothing from the 16th and 17th centuries excavated in the Ascension Convent of the Moscow Kremlin

G. de Alkmim Radicchi: The archaeological textiles from the whaler-sealer sites in South Shetland Islands (Antarctica)

10:30 - 10:50
Coffee Break
10:50 - 12:20

J. Banck-Burges: Experimental Archaeology as a Key for the Recognition of the Culture-historical Value of Archaeological Textiles

H. Igel: Reconstruction provides benchmarks for theoretically evaluating the level of knowledge

K. Kania: To Spin a Good Yarn- Spinning Techniques with Hand Spindles

I. Demant: Making a dress of an Iron Age woman - the results of experimental archaeology used in praxis

12:20 - 14:00
14:00 - 15:30

M. Siennicka: Studying archaeological textile tools. Some methodological aspects and challenges

E. Andersson Strand: Motion Caputer and Textile Craft technology

J. Korteová: An interpretation of the ‘bombastic’ Cham Culture spindle whorls by an archaeological experiment

M. de Diego – R. Piqué – A. Palomo – M. Saña Seguí – M. Mozota – I. Clemente – X. Terradas: Fiber production and incipient textile technology in the Early Neolithic site of La Draga (Banyoles, Girona; 5300-4900 BC)

15:30 - 15:50
Coffee Break
15:50 - 17:10
12. Section: GARMENT

M. Brunori – I. Degano: The cloth of Henry VII, Holy Roman Emperor (+1313). Diagnostc and conservation campaign

B. Nutz: Peasants and Servants – Deliberately Concealed Garments, Textiles and Textile Tools from a Rural Farm Building

N. Ben-Yehuda: Medieval European Biblical Commentators and their views on the Priestly Vestments of the Hebrew Bible

M. Cybulska: Analysis and visualization of the female costume from the Roman period on the basis of textile finds from Nowy Łowicz
Final Discussion
17:30 - 18:00
Closing Ceremony



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