08 December 2008

Landmarks in the history of string

According to today’s Telegraph Archaeologists investigating a flooded Stone Age settlement just off the coast of the Isle of Wight 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 that were twisted together.

Marine archaeologists discovered it when they found a pre-historic camp 30 feet below the surface, 200 yards off the Isle of Wight. The team cut small blocks of the sea floor out for analysis after seeing the wooded remains of the settlement by chance. The string was buried in one of them. The find is remarkable because the fibres, made of organic matter, would usually decay quite quickly.

The results have been published in British Archaeology magazine. Editor Mike Pitts described it as a "fantastic find".He said: "I don't think the average person realises what an important piece of technology string has been over the ages."

Experts believe the settlement was flooded at the end of the last ice age, when glacial sheets that covered most of Europe melted.

Hopefully I will be back with more tales of mankind's greatest friend string

12 comments:

CherryPie said...

Quite fascinating!

Sean Jeating said...

No doubt you have some more strings to your bow, Jams.
By the way,it goes the rumour that the string theory is dangling on a string.

TBRRob said...

Do you know if there is a list of 100 things you can do with string?

Renegade Eye said...

Use of tools advanced humanity, not brain size as previously believed.

Really interesting post.

I'm glad you answered, what drove them to dig 30 feet.

jams o donnell said...

Thanks everyone. This is rather fascinating stuff

James Higham said...

Most important discovery.

jams o donnell said...

In reality it is James

ELASTICWAISTBANDLADY said...

That's nothing. I ahve still have remnants of a Silly String in a can party from last year.

That stuff NEVER disintegrates!

ELASTICWAISTBANDLADY said...

I bet that bit of string was once wound round the wrist of a prehistoric man who used it to remember to take out the trash or something so his wife wouldn't nag him.

String has a multitude of uses!

jams o donnell said...

EWBL now that istruly amazing! As for the use I bet you#re right

The Lone Beader said...

Wow! I wonder if there were any beads on that string! :D

jams o donnell said...

It would be nice to think it did LB