I'm not up for doing a long, detailed post tonight, but I'd like to direct those of you who may be interested in Iron Age Scandinavian clothing to this article that appeared recently on the Science Nordic site.
Archaeologist Ulla Mannering is taking another look at the Huldremose woman's clothing, which consists of a wool plaid skirt, a scarf, and two sheepskin capes. It's been determined that the Huldremose woman was placed in the bog sometime in the second century BCE, information that's been available on the website of the National Museum of Denmark, which is where the Huldremose remains are kept. (You can find an excellent, zoomable picture of the entire ensemble, minus accessories, here.)
Two interesting facts are highlighted by the Science Nordic article. One is that the Huldremose woman's clothing was originally dyed in bright colors--yellow, red, and blue--though it does not look like that today. Moreover, her outfit consists of a number of different types of textiles (including a cape that was made from the skins of at least 14 different sheep). The amount of different resources involved in making her costume shows that she was a high-ranking person in her place and time period.
But the more fascinating detail in the article, to me, is Mannering's suggestion that both bright color and pattern--such as the plaid of the Huldremose woman's skirt--first came to European clothing in the Iron Age. "That's 500 years earlier than previously thought," the article quotes her as saying. Bronze Age clothing was uniformly monotone and undyed--something I hadn't realized.
The Science Nordic article doesn't mention whether Mannering is going to write a book or article on her new analysis and discovery, but I would be surprised if she does not, and I intend to keep a lookout for one.