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Here’s a short article about the earliest plant fibre technology: Splicing (not spinning). One of the many techniques that I still haven’t found time to get into deeply. It’s on my list, though. Very much.

If you’re interested in embroideries, there’s a new(ish) German book out: Christiane Elster: Die Textilen Geschenke Papst Bonifaz’ VIII. (1294-1303) an die Kathedrale von Anagni. Päpstliche Paramente des späten Mittelalters als Medien der Repräsentation, Gaben und Erinnerungsträger. Petersberg : Michael Imhof Verlag, 2018. And here on Paroles d’Arts you can find a French review about the book, including some images so you can get an idea.

A very modern type of clothing – like out of a sci-fi book – is being developed: Clothing that extracts oxygen from water to let you breathe. It’s not efficient enough yet to provide a human with the necessary oxygen, but I’m totally floored that this is possible at all!

Now for a bit of archaeology – a game board on stone that might be a clue to the spot where a monastery once existed.

Some more archaeology shows that cheese-making is a very old thing, and cheeses may have been connected to social status – and may have been a step in promoting the freaky gene that lets European adults produce lactase.

And some conservation issues, though rather modern ones: Plastics have become a part of our history, and they start degrading in bulk now, so conservators are struggling to keep that part of human cultural history intact.

 

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