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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 1233: The Entangled Making, Uses, and Visualisations of Textiles in the Early Medieval Period, 450-1100, III

Wednesday 5 July 2023, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:AHRC Project 'Unwrapping the Galloway Hoard' / National Museum of Scotland / University of Glasgow
Organisers:Tracey Davison, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York
Alexandra Makin, School of Humanities (Archaeology), University of Glasgow
Moderator/Chair:Alexandra Makin, School of Humanities (Archaeology), University of Glasgow
Paper 1233-aVisuality and Sound Fields in Early Medieval Eastern Central Europe: A Case Study of the Avars in the 6th to 8th Centuries
(Language: English)
Karina Gromer, Naturhistorisches Museum Wien
Beate Maria Pomberger, ArchäoMusik, Wien / Institut für Urgeschichte und Historische Archäologie, Universität Wien
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Social History
Paper 1233-bSounds Wrapped and Worn: Aspects of Avar Period Identity as Shown by Pellet Bells and Dress
(Language: English)
Kayleigh Saunderson, Naturhistorisches Museum Wien
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Social History

This session explores the entangled roles of textiles within early medieval society. Surviving textiles, documentary sources, and art works show that what textiles were made from, where they were produced, their biographies, society's secular and religious beliefs, and who made and used them incorporated meanings and sent messages. By studying these ethereal objects, we gain insights into cultural understandings and displays of wealth, social position, and connections and entanglements of power across secular and religious worlds. All this evidence demonstrates that textiles and early medieval societies were deeply entwined, often bringing much of the then known, unknown and spiritual together.