Stone Age string: Unearthed, the twine that was twisted into shape 8,000 years ago | Mail Online

By | December 9, 2008

How old is a piece of string? In this case, 8,000 years  –  making it the oldest length of string ever found in Britain.  … This early piece of technology, measuring about 41/2in must have been a revolutionary advance at the time, useful for binding together weapons or tools.

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Found in the mud: The ancient string

It has only survived thanks to the huge floods that followed the melting of the ice caps that once covered much of Britain.

It was discovered by archaeologists examining an undersea site 200 yards off the coast of the Isle of Wight, some 30 feet below sea level.

The experts say that 8,000 years ago, in the Stone Age, hunter gatherers had a camp there. They believe the string was found in the remains of what could be Britain’s oldest boat yard.

When the glaciers melted, however, the whole area was inundated as sea levels rose  –  a scenario repeated in coastal areas across the globe, providing, some claim, the source of the Noah’s Ark story.

This underwater dig was carried out by the Hampshire and Wight Trust for Maritime Archaeology, led by Gary Momber.via Stone Age string: Unearthed, the twine that was twisted into shape 8,000 years ago | Mail Online.

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