TEXTILES IN PRE-ROMAN ITALY: FROM A QUALITATIVE TO A QUANTITATIVE APPROACH

22 Feb 2018

Iconographic sources indicate that colourful textiles were used for a variety of purposes by the Etruscans, Paleovenetians, Faliscans and other inhabitants of ancient Italy but until recently little was known about what these textiles actually were like. The latest and ongoing studies of the surviving fabric remains found primarily in burial contexts are for the first time permitting not only qualitative but also quantitative assessment of the data. The paper focuses on the recently analysed textile remains from across Italy, and places them in the wider context of Italian and European pre-Roman textile production.