chapter  8
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History, Identification, and Characterization of Old World Fibers and Dyes

Textiles provide a record of ancient civilizations and represent an important aspect of material culture. Different approaches to textile study include deciphering the symbolism of motifs (iconography), identifying changes in source materials and levels of technology over time and space (archaeology), using the techniques of physics and chemistry to identify and characterize fibers and analyze dyes (archaeometry), and cleaning and conserving historic textile items (conservation).