Early Medieval Textiles from Hesse as a Guest at the NIhK

As part of a cooperation between the hessenARCHÄOLOGIE and the NIhK, textile finds as well as other organic materials from the early medieval cemetery of Griesheim (District of Darmstadt-Dieburg), which has been known for many decades, are currently being examined. The analyses are supervised by Christina Peek M.A. and carried out by the student Jana Radl. Her results are to be presented in a bachelor's thesis at the Goethe University Frankfurt in the course of study Pre- and Early Historical Archaeology and will be supervised by Prof. Dr. Udo Recker. For her studies Ms Radl utilises a high-resolution digital microscope from Keyence (VHX-7000) that allows detailed textile-technical observations and the detailed documentation of the organic find layers. The textile archaeological observations carried out so far prove the use of a wide variety of fabrics in the burial context. These fit well into the spectrum of early medieval textiles known so far. The evidence of finely decorated leather is also remarkable.