Becker, Cornelia / Benecke, Norbert / Grabundžija, Ana / Küchelmann, Hans Christian / Pollock, Susan / Schier, Wolfram / Schoch, Chiara / Schrakamp, Ingo / Schütt, Britta / Schumacher, Martin (in preparation): The textile revolution. Research into the origin and spread of wool production between the Near East and Central Europe. in: Topoi Research Group Reports
Manuscript finished July 2014; publication uncertain.
Wool production is closely connected to the domesticated sheep and specifically to those animals that carry a woolly coat. With the keeping of woolly sheep, not only did the economy of a large number of prehistoric communities over a vast region change, but also the textile technology, the equipment for the production of garments and not least people’s appearance. Even the identity of persons and their social status were expressed through new kinds of textile products. The origin of woolly sheep and the paths and speed of their dispersal throughout the Old World are still open questions and form one of the major topics in this research project.