No Theory, It Really Is String

December 8, 2008

ball-of-stringThese days we look down on string.  We don’t use it as much as we used to. The occasional turkey gets trussed, a few packages may get tied, and some garden plants are stabalised.  But that’s just about it.   We don’t give much thought to the fact that string was a major supportive technology for thousands of years. Now, archaeologists have excavated a piece of string from surroundings that date it to 8,000 years ago.

The fibres were discovered in a flooded Stone Age settlement just off the coast of the Isle of Wight [England]. The four-and-a-half inch long string was made from tough stems of honeysuckle, nettles or wild clematis that were twisted together.  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.”

Culture is all about the details.

English As She Is Not

December 8, 2008


I just love this. It is from the always creative Michael Ciancio.