needsmoreresearch: femchef: Risu just sent me this and I am SO DELIGHTED World’s oldest string of…

needsmoreresearch:

femchef:

Risu just sent me this and I am SO DELIGHTED

World’s oldest string of yarn found in French cave

Ahhhhhhh!!! Go read it! Go read it!! The cording was plied by Neanderthals!!! The article talks about how we can’t keep thinking about them as being stupid it’s so delightful! In these trying times, let’s read about some joyful anthropological and archaeological discoveries!!!

Read it!  The fact that it’s plied is so exciting!  For plied cord, you first spin your fibers in one direction (they did it clockwise) and then take that collection of singles and twist them in the opposite direction (in this case counterclockwise).  So it’s a process that requires planning and experience.  You spin your first bit, you set it aside, you spin your second and third, you ply them.  You can’t do it all in one go.   And unless this piece happens to be the work of the very first person to spin fibers, and that person was a super genius who not only invented the idea of spinning but the technique for plying, it shows that the Neanderthals were communicating technological skills amongst each other.  Which I mean isn’t news in and of itself, but this is just one more piece of evidence.

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