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The Question of Identity: Ethnicity, Language, Religion, and Gender

Before Islam:  Mesopotamia

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Spindle Whorl

Spindle Whorl

Textiles were one of ancient Mesopotamia's main exports. Specialized textile production centers were set up, often employing women and orphaned children to spin wool fiber from the fleece of sheep and then weave it into cloth. While few textiles themselves have survived, there is a wealth of archaeological evidence for textile production, including loom weights and spindle whorls such as the one featured here.

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