Newsletter of the Association for the Study of Language In Prehistory

Issue 25 · Summer 1995

Rare Evidence of Weaving at 27k BC

Textile fabric like potato sack, nets and baskets, impressed on clay which got fired somehow, showed up in Moravia around 27,000 BP. Olga Soffer (U/Illinois) and James Adovasio (Mercyhurst College, Erie, PA) collaborated on the discovery. While many have long assumed that basketry and some sort of weaving was present during earlier periods, it has remained largely undetected. Many believed that it had to wait for the Neolithic. In fact the Czech site, originally excavated in the 1950s by Bohuslav Klima, shows some ceramics in figurines plus some ground stone, also thought to require a settled Neolithic life. The weaving technically is called 'open diagonal twining, with flexible vertical warp threads'; it isn't the same as 'plain' weaving.

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