Woven Into the Earth

Textiles from Norse Greenland
Author: Else Østergård
Publisher: Aarhus Universitetsforlag
ISBN: 9788772889351
Category: History
Page: 296
View: 2153
One of the century's most spectacular archaeological finds occurred in 1921 -- a year before Howard Carter stumbled upon Tutankhamun's tomb -- when Poul Norlund recovered dozens of garments from a graveyard in the Norse settlement of Herjolfsnaes, Greenland. Preserved intact for centuries by the permafrost, these mediaeval garments display remarkable similarities to western European costumes of the time. Previously, such costumes were known only from contemporary illustrations, and the Greenland finds provided the world with a close look at how ordinary Europeans dressed in the Middle Ages. Fortunately for Norlund's team, wood has always been extremely scarce in Greenland, and instead of caskets, many of the bodies were found swaddled in multiple layers of cast-off clothing. Eighty years of technical advances and subsequent excavations have greatly added to our understanding of the Herjolfsnaes discoveries. In Woven into the Earth Else Ostergard recounts the dramatic story of Norlund's excavation in the context of other Norse textile finds in Greenland. She describes what the finds tell us about the materials and methods used in making the clothes. The weaving and sewing techniques detailed here are surprisingly sophisticated, and one can only admire the talent of the women who employed them, especially considering the harsh conditions they worked under. While Woven into the Earth will be invaluable to students of medieval archaeology, Norse society and textile history, both lay readers and scholars are sure to find the book's dig narratives and glimpses of life among "the last Vikings" fascinating.

Medieval Garments Reconstructed

Norse Clothing Patterns
Author: Lilli Fransen,Anna Nørgaard,Else Østergård
Publisher: Aarhus Universitetsforlag
ISBN: 9788779342989
Category: Design
Page: 143
View: 925
Short introduction to the amazing finds of garments from the Norse settlement of Herjolfnes in Greenland by Else Østergård. Chapters on technique: production of the tread, dyeing, weaving techniques, cutting and sewing by Anna Nørgaard. Measurements and drawing of garments, hoods, and stockings with sewing instructions by Lilli Frandsen. A practical guide to making your own Norse Medieval garment!

Viking Clothing

Author: Thor Ewing
Publisher: Tempus Publishing, Limited
ISBN: 9780752435879
Category: History
Page: 192
View: 2609
Describing the different garments worn by women and men, this book looks at the aspects of cloth production - raw materials, production tools and techniques for woven and non-woven textiles, decorative textiles and embroidery. It also shows how much can be reconstructed from the discoveries of archaeological excavation.

The Far Traveler

Voyages of a Viking Woman
Author: Nancy Marie Brown
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780156033978
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 306
View: 3203
Offers a dramatic reconstruction of the life and times of Gudrid, a Viking woman who, according to Icelandic sagas, arrived in the New World, spent three years there, and gave birth to a baby, before sailing home some five hundred years before Columbus, drawing on the latest archaeological data, scientific research, and cutting-edge technology to trace her odyssey. Reprint.

The Book of Looms

A History of the Handloom from Ancient Times to the Present
Author: Eric Broudy
Publisher: UPNE
ISBN: 9780874516494
Category: Crafts & Hobbies
Page: 176
View: 2190
A heavily illustrated classic on the evolution of the handloom is now reissued in a handy paper edition.

Iconic Costumes

Scandinavian Late Iron Age Costume Iconography
Author: Ulla Mannering
Publisher: Oxbow Books
ISBN: 1785702165
Category: Crafts & Hobbies
Page: 288
View: 6756
This richly illustrated book presents a selection of the rich and varied iconographic material from the Scandinavian Late Iron Age (AD 400-1050) depicting clothed human figures, from an archaeological textile and clothing perspective. The source material consists of five object categories: gold foils, gold bracteates, helmet plaques, jewelry, and textile tapestries and comprises over 1000 different images of male and female costumes which are then systematically examined in conjunction with our present knowledge of archaeological textiles. In particular, the study explores the question of whether the selected images complement the archaeological clothing sources, through a new analytical tool which enables us to compare and contrast the object categories in regard to material, function, chronology, context and interpretation. The tool is used to record and analyze the numerous details of the iconographic costumes, and to facilitate a clear and easy description. This deliberate use of explicit costume shapes enhances our interpretation and understanding of the Late Iron Age clothing tradition. Thus, the majority of the costumes depicted are identified in the Scandinavian archaeological textile record, demonstrating that the depictions are a reliable source of research for both iconographical costume and archaeological clothing. The book contributes with new information on social, regional and chronological differences in clothing traditions from ca. AD 400 to the Viking Age.

Textiles and Clothing, C.1150-c.1450

Author: Elisabeth Crowfoot,Frances Pritchard,Kay Staniland
Publisher: Boydell Press
ISBN: 9781843832393
Category: History
Page: 223
View: 5366
Scraps of clothing and other textiles are among the most evocative items to be discovered by archaeologists, signalling as they do their owner's status and concerns.

North European Symposium for Archaeological Textiles X

Author: Eva B. Andersson Strand,Margarita Gleba,Ulla Mannering,Cherine Munkholt
Publisher: Oxbow Books
ISBN: 1782973524
Category: Crafts & Hobbies
Page: 352
View: 2567
The NESAT symposium has grown from the first meeting in 1981 which was attended by 23 scholars, to over 100 at the tenth meeting that took place in Copenhagen in 2008, with virtually all areas of Europe represented. The 50 papers from the conference presented here show the vibrance of the study of archaeological textiles today. Examples studied come from the Bronze Age, Neolithic, the Iron Age, Roman, Viking, the Middle Ages and post-Medieval, and from a wide range of countries including Norway, Czech Republic, Poland, Greece, Germany, Lithuania, Estonia and the Netherlands. Modern techniques of analysis and examination are also discussed.


Dress Clothing Garment
Author: Nille Glaesel
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 9781494475222
Category: History
Page: 212
View: 1749
If you don't already know Nille Glæsel, you might yet know her clothes. Through years creating reconstructions for museums and re-enactment, she has made outfits for many of today's best-dressed Vikings. Her clothes are always distinguished by their elegant design and excellent workmanship.But this book is more than just a wonderful showcase for Nille's beautiful clothes. Through simple, easy-to-follow instructions, Nille shows how you can create these garments for yourself. In doing so, she puts her experience as a seamstress at your fingertips. Her careful instructions show the same attention to detail that makes her own work look like real clothes rather than mere theatrical mock-ups.

Prevention of Textile Waste

Material Flows of Textiles in Three Nordic Countries and Suggestions on Policy Instruments
Author: Naoko Tojo,Nordic Council of Ministers
Publisher: Nordic Council of Ministers
ISBN: 928932385X
Category: Electronic books
Page: 121
View: 2327
Textile exerts various environmental impacts throughout its life cycle. Prevention of textile waste is one means to reduce these impacts. This study seeks to map-out the flow of textile products in the three Nordic Countries, Denmark, Finland and Sweden, from the time they are put on the market until they are discarded. Based on the findings on the flows as well as on the perception of stakeholders, the study reviews and discusses government interventions that may be useful for the enhancement of textile waste prevention. Potential use of various policy instruments based on the concept of extended producer responsibility (EPR) is analysed. The study indicates a handful of areas where further research is needed in order to fine-tune policy actions that would best address the situation specific to the case countries.

The Winds of Change

Climate, Weather, and the Destruction of Civilizations
Author: Eugene Linden
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0684863529
Category: History
Page: 302
View: 7805
A concise history of significant world events that occurred as a direct result of climate changes describes lost societies in Greenland, central America, and central Africa, in a cautionary account that evaluates the present world's readiness for threatening climate changes. By the author of The Octopus and the Orangutan. 35,000 first printing


A Novel
Author: Anya Seton
Publisher: HMH
ISBN: 0547523939
Category: Fiction
Page: 440
View: 1260
A novel of England during the Viking era, from an author who “has vividly and colorfully portrayed life during the tumultuous Dark Ages” (Historical Novels Review). The last quarter of the tenth century was a time of conflict and exploration—while the Anglo-Saxons fought against the Vikings, Norsemen voyaged into the unknown looking for new lands to pillage, and so discovered America. Prince Rumon of France, descendant of Charlemagne and King Alfred, was a searcher. He had visions of the Islands of the Blessed, perhaps King Arthur’s Avalon, “where falls not hail, or rain, or any snow.” Merewyn grew up in savage Cornwall—a lonely girl, sustained by stubborn courage and belief in her descent from great King Arthur. Chance—or fate—in the form of a shipwreck off the Cornish coast brought Rumon and Merewyn together, and from that hour their lives were intertwined. Bound by his vow to her dying mother, Rumon brings Merewyn safely to England, keeping hidden the shameful secret of her birth. He considers his responsibility ended. At court, he is dazzled by the beautiful Queen Alfrida—but when a murderous truth is revealed, he turns to Merewyn, only to discover that he may have lost her. And he will journey across the Atlantic to find her again . . . From the beloved bestselling author of Katherine and Dragonwyck, this is a romantic tale of history and adventure “characterized by an authentic sense of time” (The New York Times Book Review).

The Arming and Fitting of English Ships of War, 1600-1815

Author: Brian Lavery
Publisher: Conway's History of Sail
Category: Naval Architecture
Page: 319
View: 3403
Gives precise details of the wooden warships built by the Royal Navy between 1600 and 1815, with exact information on sizes and scantlings.

Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies

Author: Jared Diamond
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393609294
Category: History
Page: 528
View: 2072
"Fascinating.... Lays a foundation for understanding human history."—Bill Gates In this "artful, informative, and delightful" (William H. McNeill, New York Review of Books) book, Jared Diamond convincingly argues that geographical and environmental factors shaped the modern world. Societies that had had a head start in food production advanced beyond the hunter-gatherer stage, and then developed religion --as well as nasty germs and potent weapons of war --and adventured on sea and land to conquer and decimate preliterate cultures. A major advance in our understanding of human societies, Guns, Germs, and Steel chronicles the way that the modern world came to be and stunningly dismantles racially based theories of human history. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the Phi Beta Kappa Award in Science, the Rhone-Poulenc Prize, and the Commonwealth club of California's Gold Medal.

History of modern art: painting, sculpture, architecture

Author: H. Harvard Arnason
Publisher: N.A
Category: Art, Modern
Page: 663
View: 4893

Deep Blue Home

An Intimate Ecology of Our Wild Ocean
Author: Julia Whitty
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 054748707X
Category: Nature
Page: 256
View: 7807
At the center of Deep Blue Home—a penetrating exploration of the ocean as single vast current and of the creatures dependent on it—is Whitty’s description of the three-dimensional ocean river, far more powerful than the Nile or the Amazon, encircling the globe. It’s a watery force connected to the earth’s climate control and so to the eventual fate of the human race. Whitty’s thirty-year career as a documentary filmmaker and diver has given her sustained access to the scientists dedicated to the study of an astonishing range of ocean life, from the physiology of “extremophile” life forms to the strategies of nesting seabirds to the ecology of “whale falls” (what happens upon the death of a behemoth). No stranger to extreme adventure, Whitty travels the oceanside and underwater world from the Sea of Cortez to Newfoundland to Antarctica. In the Galapagos, in one of the book’s most haunting encounters, she realizes: “I am about to learn the answer to my long-standing question about what would happen to a person in the water if a whale sounded directly alongside—would she, like a person afloat beside a sinking ship, be dragged under too?” This book provides extraordinary armchair entree to gripping adventure, cutting-edge science, and an intimate understanding of our deep blue home.

The Flatey Enigma

Author: Viktor Arnar Ingólfsson,Brian Fitzgibbon
Publisher: Amazoncrossing
ISBN: 9781611090970
Category: Fiction
Page: 337
View: 6991
Investigator Kjartan's investigation of the murders of a cryptographer with ties to a medieval manuscript and a victim mutilated in a Viking tradition embroils him in a world of legend and symbology in his search for the killer.

Arctic Storm

Author: Joanne Sundell
Publisher: Five Star Trade
ISBN: 9781432829162
Category: Fiction
Page: 295
View: 1226
The trading of a gentle Chukchi sled dog from its native home in Siberia culminates in a fight for survival for a protective 13-year-old medium and a 16-year-old seafarer who embark on a perilous course across the Bering Sea. By the author of Matchmaker, Matchmaker.

An Ideal Boy

Charts from India
Author: Sirish Rao,Gita Wolf
Publisher: Dewi Lewis Publishing
Category: Design
Page: 133
View: 5365
A uniquely illuminating and hugely entertaining survey of a fascinating Indian phenomenon. These stunning visual charts cover every imaginable subject and are found everywhere throughout India - from roadside booths to large shops. Intended primarily as educational material, they also act as guides to morality and correct social behaviour and offer marvellous cautionary tales. Despite Despite their primary function as informational aids they invaribly end up communicating a glorious irreverence for what they exhort us to take seriously - knowledge. Full colour throughout

Mississippi to Madrid

Memoir of a Black American in the Abraham Lincoln Brigade
Author: James Yates
Publisher: Open Hand Publishing, LLC
ISBN: 9780940880207
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 183
View: 6241
From his birth to a share cropper family in the cotton fields of Mississippi to the unrest in Chicago and New York during the depression. James Yates's experience with labor protest and union organizing shaped his vision of freedom and lead to his decision to fight against fascism in the Spanish Civil War.