Billy wrote:Seems that western and northern European Bronze Age sheep were of the brown, tan, grey and black variety. White sheep did not come into existence here until the Iron Age. This suggests that they didn't dye their cloth, or if they did, it was darker dye than the wool itself. Of the cloth that has been found from this period, there is no evidence I know of that suggests dyeing. So brown, grey, tan or black for colours.
The best evidence for clothing from this part of the world is to be found in a book called 'The Mound People' by P.V. Glob. It can be bought online for relatively cheap, or try your local library. It describes the clothing found in Bronze Age Denmark, which is the closest extant collection of clothing from this period. The bodies were preserved in oak coffins in waterlogged mounds, and were wearing woolen cloaks, tunics, skirts, hats and shoes, as well as accessories, jewelery and weapons.
The clothing in John's photos is relatively representational of what BA men might have been wearing, at least in Denmark at any rate. it's the best we have to go on with current evidence.John's cloth is a little on the blue side of grey, but passes muster anyway.
Hope this helps.
although some of the grave artifacts came from Celtic culture, we must remember that this is a GERMANIC SOCIETY, and NOT Celtic. The clothing is probably typical of the time period, but we can't be sure that this is what the Irish of the Bronze Age were wearing.
Billy wrote:Well I did mention twice that they were Danish, and not Irish.
Also, since these are bronze age, I'm not sure whether it's fair to assign items from this time period as either Germanic or Celtic. It's a bit further back than we can culturally identify, in my opinion.
But there rages another argument again.
Thanks for the thanks Finn!
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