Elaborate fabrics may have been worn by copper craftsmen, who held a highly respected position in society'The majority of the fabrics were made of sheep's wool, a cloth that is seldom found in this ancient period.This tells us how developed and sophisticated both their textile craft and trade networks must have been.' The artefacts preserved by the arid conditions of the Timna copper mines also offer clues about the early Edomites, a semi-nomadic people who are thought to have operated the mines.
This study describes the analysis of dyes from three textile specimens associated with human remains found in the Chehrabad salt mine in northwestern Iran dating to 2000 ± 400 years BP.
They are unique for this part of the world not only because of their age, but because they represent textiles used by common people (salt miners) as opposed to funerary garments of the wealthy.
Humans have been producing textiles for thousands of years.
Without the skills needed to create textiles from animal and plant fibers, humanity as we know it may not exist in any form we would find recognizable.
To obtain a truly absolute chronology, corrections must be made, provided by measurements on samples of know age.
The most suitable types of sample for radiocarbon dating are charcoal and well-preserved wood, although leather, cloth, paper, peat, shell and bone can also be used.
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Thousands of artifacts, dating from 7000 BCE until 1500 CE, are treated at the Israel Antiquities Authority's laboratories and preserved in a special humidity and temperature environment.
The oldest are from the Neolithic period of Nahal Hemar, dating some 9,000 years ago.
Radiocarbon dating: radioactive carbon decays to nitrogen with a half-life of 5730 years.