Updates and News
Welcome! Are you curious about our next activities?
Below, you will find information about our talks, publications and other project activities.
Check out our the pictures from our excavation campaign in December 2022 in our gallery!
Talks and Activities
In June 2022, Berit Hildebrandt visited Israel to meet the project partners and to see the textiles from Nahal Omer. During this meeting, we catalogued 80 textiles from the last excavation and some from previous excavations which were not yet published in detail. Most of them are made of cotton, but we also identified textiles made of silk, wool, linen and goat hair
Guy Bar Oz gave a talk about "Textiles and Trade Networks between East and West. The Case of Nahal Omer" at Shenkar Design School on 24.05.2022
Orit Shamir presented "Revealing the Israeli Silk Road. Exploring networks of trade and exchange between East and West through textile finds from Nahal Omer, with a focus on silk and cotton" at the Purpureae Vestes VIII Conference on "Tradition and Innovation in Textile Production in the Mediterranean World and Beyond" in Athens on 20.10.2022
Berit Hildebrandt presented "Neue Forschungen in Nahal Omer/Israel zum Austausch von Textilien entlang der Seidenstrassen in der Spaetantike und der fruehislamischen Zeit"in the Colloquium of the Department of Ancient History at Humboldt University Berlin on 1.02.2023
Guy Bar Oz and Orit Shamir presented "Revealing the Israeli Silk Road. Exploring networks of trade and exchange between East and West through textile finds from Nahal Omer, with a focus on silk and cotton" at the Hecht Museum Haifa in 5.02.2023
Orit Shamir and Roi Galili presented "Revealing the Israeli Silk Road: Cotton and Silk Textiles from Nahal Omer at 2022 Season Excavations. Exploring Networks of Trade and Exchange Between East and West During the Early Islamic Period" at the at the Archaeological Conference of the Israel Antiquities Authority in Jerusalem on 3.04.2023
Please check out this podcast by Orit Shamir from a talk given at the Museum of the Bible / Washington DC, USA - the textiles from Nahal Omer are discussed from minute 15 on:
On 26.-27.06.2023 we will hold a collaborative workshop on ancient textiles at the University of Haifa where Prof. Nicole Reifarth from the Cologne University of Applied Sciences will share her knowledge about textile conservation, restoration and scientific analyses with our team and students.
Our first publication is out!
Hildebrandt, B., Shamir, O., Galili, R., Shamir, N., & Bar-Oz, G. (2023). Networks of trade and exchange along the Israeli Silk Road: The silk and cotton finds from Nahal Omer, Negev Desert. Antiquity, 97(393), E14. doi:10.15184/aqy.2023.62