CTR's research programmes at the National Museum

Scandinavian Prehistoric Costume
This research programme investigates the Danish collections of textile and skin objects dated to the Stone, Bronze and Early Iron Ages (until 400 AD). This material is investigated from a technological, as well as a design and costume perspective. The research results and methods used in the earlier CTR research programme on Danish Textiles and Costumes from the Early Iron Age which worked specifically with the collections from Danish bogs and weapon deposits is applied and further developed. The majority of the studied objects belong to the collections of the National Museum of Denmark, but textiles and skin objects from various Danish local museums is also included. Film about the colours of the Huldremose dress.

Landscape of Textile Production
In The Landscape of Textile Production research project textiles and textile production via the cultural, economic, social and gendered landscape will be investigated and discussed. The focus will primarily be placed on Scandinavian Bronze and Early Iron Ages contexts. The research project will be accomplished through a systematic registration and analysis of raw materials of vegetal and animal origin, tools and production installations in combination with aspects on the physical and social use of the landscape.

Strontium Isotopic Tracing of Bronze Age Danish Textiles
Provenance is one of the hardest pieces of information to obtain about any archaeological object in absolute terms. Recently the development of a new archaeometric tool which enables to gather information on the provenance of ancient textiles raw material have created a new important possible source of information within the field of textile research. By developing baselines of the bio-available strontium isotope ratios of the retrieval site it is possible to establish if the raw material (wool/plant fibre) is of local provenance or not.
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