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Welcome to textile-dates –

The website with database on radiocarbon dated textiles
and historical-dated textiles1.

(1st millennium BC and AD)

For the actual databases go to Textile Lists at the top. There you will also find detailed information
on the Project connected to this website. This website also gives you some general information on
Radiocarbon Dating, Links to different institutions and a Bibliography. If you have any questions or
hints, please Contact us or see under How to use...

This is a database in progress, of course many more textiles have been radiocarbon dated/ historical-dated1 than appeare here so far.

Here you will find some explanations on the single columns - for those using the data as well as for those feeding the columns with new results of datings.

Note: Responsable for the contents of the table are the persons who submitted the information. We do not change any classification as, for example, "medieval", "tabby" or similar. In case of questions or disagreement please turn to the persons in charge of the different collections and museums. An empty field in a column means that we did not receive any information so far. If an aspect definitely is not known you will find "unknown".

1 Historical-dated textiles
Historical-dated textiles are textiles dated due to inscriptions (e.g. the so called „Löwenstoff“ of St. Servatius in Siegburg, Germany. The woven greek inscription refers to Emperor Romanos. The silk can therefore be dated to 921-923. For further information see P. Brachwitz, Der „Löwenstoff“ - Geschichte und Konservierung eines byzantinischen Seidengewebes, in S. Martius – S. Ruß (eds.), Historische Textilien. Beiträge zu ihrer Erhaltung und Erforschung (Nürnberg 2002) 103-118) or due to a study of their stratigraphic context and relationship. The methods used can contain – and combine – any dating methodologies known in archaeology as e.g. dendrochronology, numismatics, and archaeomagnetic dating.