This cluster provides a multidisciplinary approach to the technical analysis and historical interpretation of early Byzantine textiles from Egypt. Students will undertake hands-on technical analysis of materials and engage with historical production techniques. Students will learn how to relate technical evidence to questions of early Byzantine textiles' function, social meaning, and public display in both the late antique and contemporary periods. This cluster introduces students to the shifting uses of these objects in early Byzantine life and death as well as the changing ways in which scholars have interpreted and displayed these objects over time. Equipped with this background, students will produce original research on previously unpublished early Byzantine textiles in the Jefferson University (Philadelphia) Textile and Costume Collection and will have the opportunity to contribute to that institution’s publicly accessible online collection catalog. Students will also present their knowledge and interpretations through public presentations to the Bryn Mawr College community.