publication . Article . 2019

Dressing the sacrifice: textiles, textile production and the sacrificial economy at Casas del Turuñuelo in fifth-century BC Iberia

Beatriz Marín-Aguilera; Esther Rodríguez-González; Sebastián Celestino; Margarita Gleba;
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  • Published: 01 May 2019
  • Publisher: Antiquity Publications
The fifth-century BC site of Casas del Turuñuelo in south-western Spain provides unique information on the production and ritual consumption of textiles in Iron Age Iberia. Casas del Turuñuelo was a rural estate centre that was intentionally burned following a banquet and the sacrifice of over 50 domestic animals. Among the offerings are the earliest-known wool textiles and twill weaves on the Iberian Peninsula. This assemblage represents the most diverse textile collection found in the region to date, and provides the first glimpse of the role of textiles in the sacrificial economy of Iberia, and in prehistoric Europe more widely.
free text keywords: Archaeology, General Arts and Humanities, Iberia, Casas del Turuñuelo, Textiles, Textile production, Sacrificial economy, Prehistory, Wool, Textile production, Textile, business.industry, business, Banquet, Peninsula, geography.geographical_feature_category, geography, Estate, Sacrifice, Economy, History
Funded by
PROduction and CONsumption: Textile Economy and Urbanisation in Mediterranean Europe 1000-500 BCE
  • Funder: European Commission (EC)
  • Project Code: 312603
  • Funding stream: FP7 | SP2 | ERC
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