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Dyes in Archaeology

Within the framework of the Hallstatt FWF project, research was carried out into the dyes used in the Hallstatt area in the Iron Age.

Textile fragments found in a salt mine near the small village Hallstatt, Austria, which have been preserved in relatively good condition, were investigated. Dyes were identified and dyeing technology was reproduced according to historical recipes. The main aim was to achieve better understanding of the dyeing and textile manufacturing technology. In addition, the scientific research was used to inspire students of the University of Applied Art who worked on objects of textile art and textile design.

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Prof. dr. M.R. (Maarten) van Bommel

Faculty of Humanities

Faculty of Science