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by Archaeology Newsroom

The Art of Weaving in the Bronze Age

The art of weaving in the Bronze Age is characterized as developed, particularly due to the representations of luxurious textiles depicted in wall paintings. The archaeological evidence is insufficient and consists in preserved parts of looms, which however are few, given that most of them are perishable. Traces of textiles have been recently located, as for example at Akrotiri on Thera island, which are astonishing finds not only for the variety of their weaving techniques, but also for the exquisite refinement of these artifacts. It is obvious that the main achievement is the technical human abilities through which these excellent works have been produced and not the technical properties of the weaving instruments in themselves.