20th Annual EAA Meeting
This is a call for papers for a regular session at the 20th Annual EAA Meeting in Istanbul (10-14 September 2014), session number T03S009 under the general theme "Ancient Technologies in Social Context."
Clothing and adornment are significant components of personal assemblages, yet are seldom recovered due to marginal preservation. Such attire remains an important and archaeologically visible staple of the economic and social lives of past populations. Various crafts and technologies are deeply embedded in their manufacture, preserving a wide variety of emblemic and assertive styles communicating sophisticated interaction between different cultures. Apart from economic and social values, the technological knowledge associated with the manufacture of attire is an important element to consider archaeologically. Mastery of this craft could create inequality and structure the society in different ways (e.g. alongside kin, gender, age, or type of craft). This session explores the entanglement of craft production and society by studying the physical material, production technology, exchange, use, and discard of clothing and personal adornment in the past. Evidence recovered from diverse cultures located on several continents will be discussed in order to explore local and global dimensions of personal adornment.