28.07.2020

The Hammerum Burial Site – Customs and Clothing in the Roman Iron Age

EAFT long-time member and former Board member, terminologist Susanne Lervad reviews this book

Recently a new book / and glossary of Roman Iron Age  fashion and techniques was published by the Jutland Archeological Society /Museum Midjylland . The authors are from different departments and museums such as the National Museum Ulla Mannering, one of the co-founders of CTR and she has wide experience in pre-historic Northern European Textile production and clothing , including the use and production of pre-historic plant fibre materials, using experimental archeology ; the study of costumes from iconographic sources and Roman textiles.

 

From the preface, I would like to quote Constanze Rasmussen and Laura Liv Weikop :

 

« Some objects attain an important status in archeology and in the public eye because of their tangibility ; one of these is the ‘Hammerum Girl’ who, with her dress, scarf and intricately braided coiffure, brings pre-history to life for us. She was named after the small modern-day town of Hammerum where her grave was found in 1993. All that remained of her was her hair and dress, showing that she was burried on her back with her knees bent to her right. The grave is sensational since it contained the best preserved Danish Iron Age textile ever found and therefore offers a unique opportunity to analyse material which, in most cases, has disappeared. »

 

Read the full review.

 

Susanne Lervad, terminologist, Centre for Textile Research, University of Copenhagen.

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