30,000 Years Old Wild Flax Fibers - Testimony for Fabricating Prehistoric Linen

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Title: 30,000 Years Old Wild Flax Fibers - Testimony for Fabricating Prehistoric Linen
Author: Bar-Yosef, Ofer; Matskevich, Zinovi; Kvavadze, Eliso; Belfer-Cohen, Anna; Boaretto, Elisabetta; Jakeli, Nino; Meshveliani, Tengiz

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Citation: Kvavadze, Eliso, Ofer Bar-Yosef, Anna Belfer-Cohen, Elisabetta Boaretto, Nino Jakeli, Zinovi Matskevich, and Tengiz Meshveliani. 2009. 30,000 Years old wild flax fibers - Testimony for fabricating prehistoric linen. Science 325(5946): 1359.
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Abstract: A unique finding of wild flax fibers from a series of Upper Paleolithic layers at Dzudzuana Cave, located in the foothills of the Caucasus, Georgia, indicates that prehistoric hunter-gatherers were making cords for hafting stone tools, weaving baskets, or sewing garments. Radiocarbon dates demonstrate that the cave was inhabited intermittently during several periods dated to 32 to 26 thousand years before the present (kyr B.P.), 23 to 19 kyr B.P., and 13 to 11 kyr B.P. Spun, dyed, and knotted flax fibers are common. Apparently, climatic fluctuations recorded in the cave’s deposits did not affect the growth of the plants because a certain level of humidity was sustained.
Published Version: doi:10.1126/science.1175404
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Citable link to this page: http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:4270521

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