Skip to main content Accessibility help

New evidence for the origins of textile production in Bronze Age Cyprus

  • Jennifer M. Webb (a1)


A complete metal spindle in the Zintilis Collection sheds light on the type of spinning practised in the Early to Middle Cypriot Bronze Age. It also indicates the appearance of such spindles and the mounting of the whorls.



Hide All
Åstkõm, P. 1964. Remains of ancient cloth from Cyprus, Opuscula Atheniensia 5: 111–14.
Barber, E.J.W. 1991. Prehistoric textiles. The development of doth in the Neolithic and Bronze Ages with special reference to the Aegean. Princeton (NJ): Princeton University Press.
Belgiorno, M.R. 1995. Pyrgos in the Early Bronze Age. Report of the Department of Antiquities, Cyprus: 61–6.
Caubet, A., Cotirtois, J.-C. & Karageorghis, V.. 1987. Enkomi (Fouilles Scliaeffer 1934–1966): Inventaire complémentaire, Heport of the Department of Antiquities, Cyprus: 2348.
Coleman, J.E., Barlow, J. A., Mogelonsky, M.K. & Schaar, K.W.. 1996. Alambra. A Middle Bronze Age settlement in Cyprus. Archaeological investigations by Cornell University 1974–1985. Jonsered: Paul Äströms förlag. Studies in Mediterranean Archaeology 118.
Crewe, L. 1998. Spindle whorls. A study of form, function and decoration in Prehistoric Bronze Age Cyprus. Jonsered: Paul Äströms förlag. Studies in Mediterranean Archaeology Pocket-book 149.
Dikaios, P. 1940. The excavations at Vounous-Bellapais in Cyprus 1931–2, Archaeologia 88: 1174.
Dikaios, P. 1962. The Swedish Cyprus Expedition Volume IV. Part 1A. The Stone Age: 1204. Lund: Håkan Ohlssons Boktryckeri.
Dikaios, P. 1971. Enkomi. Excavations 1948–1958. Volume 2. Mainz am Rhein: von Zahern.
Flourenztos, P. 1989. A group of tombs of Middle Bronze Age date from Linou, in Aström, P., Katydhata. A Bronze Age site in Cyprus. Partille: Paul Äströms förlag. Studies in Mediterranean Archaeology 86.
Frankel, D. 2000. Migration and ethnicity in prehistoric Cyprus: technology as habitus, European Journal of Archaeology 3: 167–87.
Frankel, D. & Webb, J.M.. 1996. Marki Alonia. An Early and Middle Bronze Age town in Cyprus. Excavations 1990–1994. Jonsered: Paul Äströms förlag. Studies in Mediterranean Archaeology Volume 123:1.
Frankel, D. & Webb, J.M.. 1999. Excavations at Marki-Alonia, 1998–9, Report of the Department of Antiquities, Cyprus: 87110.
Frankel, D. & Webb, J.M.. 2000. Excavations at Marki-Alonia, 1999–2000, Report of the Department of Antiquities, Cyprus: 6594.
Frankel, D., Webb, J.M. & Eslick, C.. 1995. Anatolia and Cyprus in the third millennium BCE. A speculative model of interaction, Abr-Nahrain Supplement 5: 3750.
Gjerstad, E., Lindros, J., Sjoqvist, E. & Westholm, A.. 1934. The Swedish Cyprus Expedition. Finds and results of the excavations in Cyprus 1927–1931 Volume 1. Stockholm: Victor PetteTson’s Bokindustriaktie-holag.
Karageorghis, V. 1990. Tombs at Palaepaphos 1. Teratsoudhia 2. Eliomylia. Nicosia: A.G. Leventis Foundation.
Karageorghis, V. 1991. The coroplastic art of ancient Cyprus I. Chalcolithic-Late Cypriote 1. Nicosia: A.G. Leventis Foundation.
Knapp, A.B. 1990. Production, location, and integration in Bronze Age Cyprus, Current Anthropology 31: 147–76.
Knapp, A.B. 1994. The prehistory of Cyprus: problems and prospects, Journal of World Prehistory 8: 377453.
Liu, R. 1978. Spindle whorls: Part 1. Some comments and speculations, The Bead journal 3: 87103.
Llbskn-Admiraal, S. In preparation. Ancient Cypriot art in the T.N. Zintilis Collection.
Manning, S.W. 1993. Prestige, distinction, and competition: the anatomy of socioeconomic complexity in fourth and second millennium B.C.E. Cyprus, Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research 292: 3558.
Mellink, M.J. 1991. Anatolian contacts with Chalcolithic Cyprus, Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research 282/283: 167–75.
Mogelonsky, M.K. & Bregstein, L.B.. 1996. Spindle whorls, in Coleman, et al: 205–17.
Morris, D. 1985. The art of ancient Cyprus. London: Phaidon Press.
Peltenburg, E. 1991. Lemba Archaeological Project Volume II.2. A ceremonial area at Kissonerga. Göteborg: Paul Äströms förlag. Studies in Mediterranean Archaeology 70:3.
Peltenburg, E. 1996. From isolation to state formation in Cyprus, c. 3500–1500 BC, in Karageorghis, V. & Michaelides, D. (ed.). The development of the Cypriot economy from the prehistoric period to the present day: 1744. Nicosia: University of Cyprus/Bank of Cyprus.
Peltenburg, E. 1998. Lemba Archaeological Project Volume II.1A. Excavations at Kissonerga-Mosphilia 1979–1992. Jonsered: Paul Äströms förlag. Studies in Mediterranean Archaeology Volume 70:2.
Pieridou, A. 1967. Pieces of cloth from the Early and Middle Cypriote periods, Report of the Department of Antiquities, Cyprus: 25–9.
Schaeffer, C.F.A. 1952. Enkomi-Alasia. Nouvelles missions en Chypre 1946–1950. Paris: Librairie C. Klincksieck.
South, A. 1985. Figurines and other objects from Kalavasos Ayious, Levant 17: 6579.
Stewart, E. & Stewart, J.R.. 1950. Vounous 1937–38 . Field report of the excavations sponsored by the British School at Athens. Lund. Skrifter Utgivna av Svenska Instituid 1 Rom XIV. Acta Instituti Romani Regni Sueciae XIV.
Stewart, J.B. 1962. The Sivedish Cyprus Expedition Volume IV.Part IA. The Early Cypriote Bronze Age: 205401. Lund: Hâkan Ohlssons Boktryckeri.
Swiny, S. 1986. The Kent State University Expedition to Episkopi Phaneromeni. Part 2. Nicosia: Paul Äströms förlag. Studies in Mediterranean Archaeology 74:2.
Watkins, T. 1981. The Chalcolithic period in Cyprus: the background to current research, in Reade, J. (ed.), Chalcolithic Cyprus and Western Asia: 920. London: British Museum. Occasional Paper 26.
Webb, J.M. & Fkankel, D.. 1999. Characterising the Philia facies. Material culture, chronology and the origin of the Bronze Age in Cyprus, American Journal of Archaeology 103: 343.



Full text views

Total number of HTML views: 0
Total number of PDF views: 0 *
Loading metrics...

Abstract views

Total abstract views: 0 *
Loading metrics...

* Views captured on Cambridge Core between <date>. This data will be updated every 24 hours.

Usage data cannot currently be displayed