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Woven into the Earth : textile finds in Norse Greenland

Author: Else Østergaard
Publisher: Aarhus : Aarhus University Press ; Oxford : Lavis Marketing, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The book tells the story of one of the 20th century's most spectacular archaeological finds: the excavation of the Herjolfsnaes graveyard in 1921 where - because wood has always been extremely scarce in Greenland - bodies had been buried in multiple layers of cast-off clothing instead of coffins. The occasional thaws had permitted crowberry and dwarf willows to establish themselves in the top layers of soil. Their  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Else Østergaard
ISBN: 8772889357 9788772889351
OCLC Number: 60558521
Description: 296 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), map ; 30 cm
Contents: Finds of Norse Textiles in Greenland --
Exhibitions of Norse textiles --
Exhibitions in Greenland --
Results of earlier analyses of Norse textiles --
Man, Culture and Environment in Ancient Greenland --
The Excavations --
Herjolfsnæs (Ø111) --
The churchyard rediscovered --
The excavation in 1921 --
Placing of the graves --
Garments used as grave clothing and shrouds --
The Herjolfsnæs garments sent to Denmark --
Find circumstances --
Conservation of the garments --
Exhibitions --
Brattahlid (Ø29a), Qassiarsuk --
Sandnæs (V51), Kilaarsafik --
The Landnáma Farm (Ø17a) at Narsaq --
The Farm Beneath the Sand (64V2-III-555) in the Western Settlement --
The Textile Finds From Greenland --
Overview : A chronological presentation of the textile finds with a map of the find-spots --
The Source of Raw Materials --
Sheep and goats --
Sheep-farming and the use of the sheep --
Everything was used --
Disease among the sheep --
Consumption of wool --
Processing of the Raw Wool --
The wool --
Washing and sorting the wool --
Combing --
The Production of Thread --
Spinning --
The spindle --
Top-whorl spindle --
Bottom-whorl spindle --
Spinning without a whorl --
The distaff --
Norse spindles --
Spindle whorls --
The thread --
The Warp-Weighted Loom --
Presentation of the warp-weighted loom --
The warp-weighted loom in use --
Loom weights --
Sword beaters --
Working height --
The weaving room --
The loom and weaving room at the Farm Beneath the Sand --
Techniques --
'Shaft' names --
Greenlandic Textiles --
The weaves --
The Greenlandic vaðmál --
Weaving width --
Weaving length --
Starting borders --
Selvedges --
Weaving density --
Tabby weaves --
Repp --
Panama weaves --
2/2 twill --
2/1 twill --
Diamond twill --
Diamond-patterned 2/2 twill --
Striped weaves --
Check weaves --
Pile weaves --
Goat-hair textiles --
Felt --
Flax and Linen --
Linen in Greenland --
Fibres and Dyes in Norse Textiles / Penelope Walton Rogers --
The Production of Garments --
The cutting of the Herjolfsnæs garments --
Garment construction --
Comparative material --
Sewing --
Sewing of pleats --
Embroidery --
Buttons --
Buttonholes and eyelets --
Decoration of Garments --
Borders --
Braiding and cording --
Accessories --
Hairwork --
Costume pins --
Buckles --
Implements --
Needles --
Needle whetsones --
Needle cases --
Weaving tablets --
Seam smoothers --
Smoothing boards --
Other Uses of Textiles --
Sails --
Textile fragments from Inuit settlements on Ellesmere Island and in Greenland --
Tents --
Furs and Skins --
Caulking --
Footwear --
Textile Fragments from Greenland --
Viking Age --
The Middle Ages.
Responsibility: Else Østergaard.

Abstract:

"The book tells the story of one of the 20th century's most spectacular archaeological finds: the excavation of the Herjolfsnaes graveyard in 1921 where - because wood has always been extremely scarce in Greenland - bodies had been buried in multiple layers of cast-off clothing instead of coffins. The occasional thaws had permitted crowberry and dwarf willows to establish themselves in the top layers of soil. Their roots grew through clothing and corpse alike, binding them together in a vast network of fibres - as if the finds had literally been woven into the earth."--BOOK JACKET.

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