8,500-year-old Evidence of Silk Production Weaves a New History of the Luxurious Fabric

You might say the people of the prehistoric Chinese archaeological site of Jiahu were living high off the hog 8,500 years ago, what with their silk clothing, alcoholic beverages, their music-making and, yes, domesticated pigs. That time frame of 6500 BC is an important date because researchers found evidence of silk proteins in the soil of Jiahu tombs dating to that period. Previously, the production of silk was thought to have arisen about 5,000 years ago.

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