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posted on 2021-10-27, 19:20 authored by Helena HamerowHelena Hamerow
Coatsworth & Fitzgerald 2001, 1) \Two fragments of tablet-woven braid with a diagonal pattern which have been made by ;using ten 2-hole tablets. There is a four-hole twist along each edge and in the centre. The edges are red and the warp is green. The fibre was identified as wool and the fleece type as 'fine'.\"2) \"A mass of unspun wool found mixed with some unravelled tablet twists and some unplied warps from the braid described above. Some of the fibre was found to have been dyed with cultivated madder. ...the corrosuion from the box dyed some of the threads green.\" 3) \"Threads of wool found which may have been sewn to another fabric. The individual yarns are slightly Z-spun [anticlockwise] and then two yarns are tightly S-piled [clockwise]. Four of these were then tightly twisted together in S direction [clockwise]...\" 5) \"A fragment of plied thread tolled up...\" – D.H.Meaney 1981 discusses the amuletic nature of \"relic boxes\" and indicates that Roy Vickery of the British Museum looked at the seeds found in the box and was not able to identify them though he thought they might have been \"tubers tied together in a knot.... The colours are red and brown.\"4) \"A cable made from four plied yarns bulbs or pseudo-bulbs of some kind.\" – B.B."


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Sibertswold Downs Grave 60

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textile, organic (Sonia Hawkes Material Notes; silk, wool, hair, vegetable substance, seeds) (Antiquarian Material; silk, wool, hair, vegetable substance)

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unidentified, bead (Sonia Hawkes Keyword; bead) (Antiquarian Keyword; bead, string)



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