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Stone Age String: "An Important Piece of Technology"

Archaeologists examining an undersea site in Britain have discovered something wonderful: an 8,000-year-old piece of string!

Our ancestors made it by twisting together what seem to be fibres of honeysuckle, nettles, or wild clematis, and used it in their struggle for survival as the last ice age ended.

This early piece of technology, measuring about 41/2in must have been a revolutionary advance at the time, useful for binding together weapons or tools.

But in case you don't believe me that it's a wonderful find, here's what British Archaeology mangazine editor Mike Pitts said about the discovery:

'It is a fantastic find. I don't think the average person realises what an important piece of technology string has been over the ages.'

Indeed. Link - via Scribal Terror


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Whoa! Weird coincidence. I was JUST watching an episode from Ray Mears show on the BBC where he was talking about the aboriginal natives of ancient England and how they used to make string with nettles. :D
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