An analysis of textile fragments from the Janey B. Goode site

Amanda Thompson, Mary L. Simon

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Excavations at the Janey B. Goode site (11S1232), located in the American Bottom region of Illinois, yielded carbonized textile remains from two pit features dating to the Terminal Late Woodland period and from one pit feature dating to the Mississippian period. The remains comprise both twisted or braided cordage pieces and actual twined textile fragments ranging in size from 2×3 cm to over 9×9 cm. Four different twining techniques are represented: two types of compact twining and two types of space twining. All textiles appear to be constructed of bast fibers, probably from the outer part of herbaceous plant stems. The textiles are similar to those described from other Midwestern sites dating to the Woodland and Mississippian periods, reflecting the existence of a widespread fiber industry. In this paper, the textiles from the Janey B. Goode site and the production technology used to produce them are described.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)155--181
JournalM.C.J.A.: Midcontinental Journal of Archaeology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2008


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