Session: #346

Theme & Session Format

Interpreting the archaeological record: artefacts, humans and landscapes
Session format:
Regular session

Title & Content

Knotting, Twisting and Plaiting: Looking for Direct and Indirect Archaeological Evidences
Gestures such as knotting, twisting and plaiting were involved in the oldest processes of crafting plants; and were also crucial for turning plant (and animal) fibres into ropes, nets, mats and baskets among others. As other plant-based crafts this kind of objects have been usually perished and their evidences rarely survived in archaeological contexts, despite they developed essential roles in the day-to-day activities such as storing, carrying and fastening, in domestic activities or even in activities such as firewood procurement, gathering, hunting or fishing. Their poorly preservation in the archaeological record stresses the urgency of discussing about this kind of crafts. This session welcomes contributions dealing with direct and indirect archaeological evidence of knotting, twisting and plaiting, the technological know-how associated to fibre-crafting, the social and gender dimension of crafting plants, and especially those presenting combined evidences, multidisciplinary or ethnoarchaeological approaches. This session is organised in conjunction with the PlantWild Community of EAA.
Wild plants, Fibre-crafting, Ropes, Nets, Baskets, Mats
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This session is organised in conjunction with the PlantWild Community of EAA.


Main organiser:
Maria Martin Seijo (Spain) 1
Raquel Piqué i Huerta (Spain) 2
María Laura Ciampagna (Argentina) 3
1. Universidade de Santiago de Compostela
2. Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
3. Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas-CONICET