Radiocarbon dating of linen hairnets in sprang technique
Antoine De Moor, Cäcilia Fluck, Mark Van Strydonck and Mathieu Boudin
Since 2000, a project to radiocarbon date ancient textiles has analysed ten groups of objects comprising between ten and twenty textiles each. The results can be used to date similar, non-dated fabrics. Thus these reference collections will solve to a great extent the difficult problem of establishing a chronology for ancient textiles. This contribution presents the results of radiocarbon dating for linen hairnets undertaken as part of Dress ID Project: Clothing and identities, new perspectives on textiles in the Roman Empire. Twenty-one hairnets in seven international collections were sampled, and their IQR (interquartile range) was found to be between AD 446 and 635, thus defining the period in which this fashion peaked. The 90% probability range, covering the whole period for these artefacts, was between AD 343 and 753.
To reference this article we suggest:
De Moor, A., C. Fluck, M. Van Strydonck and M. Boudin. 2014. Radiocarbon dating of linen hairnets in sprang technique. BMSAES 21: 103–20. http://www.britishmuseum.org/research/publications/online_journals/bmsaes/issue_21/de_moor_et_al.aspx