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Wool
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I. Ancient Near East

In the Near East, wool (Sumerian si, Akkadian šīpātu) from sheep was an essential raw material for textile production (Textiles, production of). Chiefly with the aid of numerous administrative documents from the time of the Third Dynasty of Ur (21st cent. BC), many typical details of wool production can be reconstructed. The fleecing of sheep, for which Sumerian has various terms, took place as a rule in spring. This is the r…

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Renger, Johannes (Berlin) and Pekridou-Gorecki, Anastasia (Frankfurt/Main), “Wool”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 22 January 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e12211800>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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