Thursday, December 11, 2008

Sorry, We’re A Bit Tied Up Today

Telling Wight From Wrong

Archaeologists have found a piece of string that is 8,000 years old. The four-and-a-half inch long string was made from tough stems of honeysuckle, nettles or wild clematis twisted together. Marine archaeologists discovered it when they found a flooded Stone Age settlement just off the coast of the Isle of Wight.

FOOTNOTE: Inter nettle explorer.

6 comments:

Sandi McBride said...

And here we were thinking we invented everything this century! Just goes to show that we come from pretty intelligent stock...
Sandi

Lee said...

Wow! Considering it was natural materials it is amazing that it survived that long, especially in a flooded place. I love the way we keep learning more and more about our past. This is one really fun bit of news! Thank you, David!

Cheers!

ArtSparker said...

This is definitely something that should have been incorporated into the Monty Python string routine...

Anyway, to quote:

"Useful Stuff, string"

Leslie: said...

Gee, that's fascinating!

grrl+dog said...

well that answers the age old question dosen't it?

4 our and a half inches.

Kinda like "mice" was the answer. Thanks for popping by my bloggy. How in the world did you find me? ohh..looking around... artsparker...well that answers the bits that four and a half inches and mice dont.

Shrinky said...

'Course they first had to rummage inside the sheepskin pocket of the grubby laddie who put it there, it was found behind his marble and some sticky substance resembling chewing-gum.