Free lectures featuring some of today's most prominent archaeologists are held throughout the year.
"Women and Weaving: The World's Oldest Textiles"
April 14, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
Elizabeth Wayland Barber, Professor Emerita of Archaeology and Linguistics, Occidental College and Research Associate, Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, UCLA
Weaving was invented in the Stone Age, millennia before pottery and even longer before metallurgy. Yet, because textiles are so perishable, archaeologists have largely ignored this important industry—so important that women spent most of their time on it until the Industrial Revolution.
New techniques for recovering information have now made it possible to bring to light the fascinating story of ancient cloth and clothing and its important part in the development of ancient civilizations. In this copiously illustrated talk, Elizabeth Barber will explore in particular the development of textiles in the Near East and eastern Mediterranean, and what we can learn about the women who made those textiles and the crucial role of women in the economies of ancient societies.
In celebration of the visit of Elizabeth Barber and the work of women in the ancient world, the Kelso Museum is mounting a special exhibit that will feature artifacts relating to ancient textile production including pieces of rare linen and camel hair cloth that dates to the time of Alexander the Great. The Museum will be open from 6:00 to 7:15 p.m. After the lecture, the Museum will host a reception featuring ancient ingredients and recipes. Barber’s books will be available for sale and signing, including her now classic Women’s Work: The First 20,000 Years – Women, Cloth, and Society in Early Times.
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