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Unravelling the thread: textile production in New Kingdom Egypt


The EgYarn project will study the textile production of New Kingdom Egypt (1550-1070 BCE). It offers a remarkable opportunity to understand a largely unexplored sector of Ancient Egypt’s economy and society of Ancient Egypt, making use of outstanding finds of textile tools, textiles and written sources.
The project will enable in-depth comprehension of the chaîne opératoire, identify the main protagonists of textile manufacture (women, men, slaves or private entrepreneurs) and show how domestic and non-domestic production interacted. It will reveal the place of New Kingdom textile practises with respect to Mediterranean and African Late Bronze Age traditions. Lastly, it will build a European collections database of the New Kingdom tools and textiles stored in European museums, bringing them back together again more than a century after their discovery.
Textiles, tools (spindles, whorls, parts of looms) and fibres will be analysed in order to understand production mechanism, while archaeological contexts and textual sources will furnish precious data about the organisation of textile manufacture. Experimental archaeology will provide fundamental clues about ancient fibres, how tools were used and what qualities of thread and textile could be produced using these instruments. Key sites are Deir el-Medina and Gurob, but the project will also encompass textiles and tools from other New Kingdom sites now kept in European museums.
Through the EgYarn project, I will reinforce my research methodology and strengthen my knowledge of textile analysis, becoming an all-around textile researcher, able to address every issue raised by archaeological textiles. The project will give me the opportunity to acquire expertise in teaching at an academic level and participating and organising seminars/workshops, developing my international network in both textile archaeology and Egyptology.

Call for proposal

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Funding Scheme

MSCA-IF-EF-ST - Standard EF


Norregade 10
1165 Kobenhavn
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 219 312