By Catherine Breniquet, Cecile Michel
The historical past of the traditional close to East covers a big chronological body, from the 1st pictographic texts of the past due 4th millennium to the conquest of Alexander the nice in 333 BC. in the course of those millennia, various societies built in a altering panorama the place sheep (and their wool) continuously performed a huge monetary position. The 22 papers offered right here discover where of wool within the historical economic climate of the zone, the place large-scale cloth construction begun in the course of the moment half the third millennium. by way of putting emphasis at the improvement of multi-disciplinary methodologies, experimentation and use of archaeological proof mixed with old textual assets, the wide-ranging contributions discover a few key subject matters. those contain: the 1st makes use of of wool in cloth manufacture and association of weaving; exchange and trade; the position of wool in institutionalized economies; and the reconstruction of the techniques that ended in this primary kind of in Antiquity. the varied archaeological and written resources offer a tremendous quantity of knowledge on wool, cloth crafts, and garments and those inter-disciplinary reviews are starting to current a complete photo of the commercial and cultural effect of woolen textiles and fabric production on formative old societies.