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  • Explore Ancient Egypt in CultureLab Download Explore Ancient Egypt in CultureLab to my desktop calendar

    October 25, 2014 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Explore Ancient Egypt in CultureLab Jen Thum, Egyptologist and graduate student at the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, will be in CultureLab to share what she learned about some of the Museum's Egyptian pieces while you examine them close-up. Ms. Thum will also share how she deciphered a badly damaged relief block that had been in the Museum for decades and is now finally on display thanks to her work. http://brown.edu/Haffenreffer Haffenreffer Museum at Manning Hall Open to the Public, Haffenreffer Museum, Audience, Parents, FamilyWeekend, Departments, Exhibits, Arts and Entertainment, Other Events
  • Eva Andersson Strand / Textiles and Textile production in Viking Age Scandinavia Download Eva Andersson Strand / Textiles and Textile production in Viking Age Scandinavia to my desktop calendar

    November 11, 2014 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Eva Andersson Strand / Textiles and Textile production in Viking Age Scandinavia Eva Andersson Strand, The Danish National Research Foundation's Centre for Textile Research, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. The Scandinavian inhabitants (today often known as the Vikings) are most famously as explorers, warriors, merchants and pirates who raided and colonized wide areas of Europe from the late eighth to the early eleventh centuries. However, at the time most people lived in individual farms or in small villages in Scandinavia. Furthermore there is clear evidence of both international trade and specialised craftsmanship. Clothing and other textiles are essential for a person during a life time, from birth to death. In the Viking Age society there has been a need for a wide variety of textiles; textiles for clothing, ranging from utilitarian, everyday dress to elite costumes, textiles for sails, textiles for furnishing, such as bedding, wall-hangings, carpets and coverings, as well as textiles for a variety of other purposes, such as bags and sacks. These textiles were made in different qualities, techniques and raw materials. There is no doubt that textiles and textile production had an important economic and social impact on society, which also can be confirmed via archaeological, textual and iconographic studies. In the discussion on exchange and trade, textiles are often mentioned and are in these contexts considered as valuable and prestige objects. However, which textiles were considered as valuable during this period? How can we today separate an exclusive and valuable textile from a textile that was considered not to be valuable for a person during this time period? Was it, for example, only exclusive textiles e.g. silk fabrics that was interlinked in the exchange/trade systems or could standardised, everyday textiles also be a part of it, for example a coarse sail-cloth? Essential in this discussion is also who the producer was, how the production was organized, who the receiver was and how textiles travelled? In this presentation I aim to discuss some of these questions and furthermore, illuminate the complexity and variety in textile trade, exchange and production. In this presentation, textile production and its organisation in two Scandinavian ports of trade Birka and Hedeby, will be compared and discussed. This will be done via studies of textiles and textile tools, and a model of various organisational modes will be presented. Sponsored by the Friends of the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology Photo credit: Model of Birka © Ambrosiani and Eriksson 1992 http://brown.edu/Haffenreffer List Art Building, Room 120 Open to the Public, Haffenreffer Museum, Audience, Lectures, Conferences, and Meetings, Departments, Lectures