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Earliest known fibers are found

September 12, 2009|Times Wire Reports

More than 30,000 years ago, someone living in a cave in the Caucasus Mountains twisted wild flax together and dyed it, producing the earliest known fibers made by humans, scientists reported in Friday's edition of the journal Science.

The fibers were discovered in an analysis of clay deposits in Dzudzuana Cave in what is now the country Georgia. They were made from the wild form of flax. The earliest previous evidence of human-worked fibers was from a Czech Republic site dating 28,000 years ago.

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