The “Tarkhan Dress”, in the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archæology in London, was once part of a pile of dirty linen cloth excavated by Sir Flinders Petrie in 1913 at the site he named Tarkhan after a nearby village 30 miles (48km) from Cairo. In 1977, researchers from the Victoria and Albert Museum, sorting through the pile of textiles as they prepared to clean them, discovered the dress, remarkably well preserved. They conserved the fabric, sewed it onto a type of extra-fine, transparent silk called Crepeline to stabilise it, and mounted it for display. The fine linen garment has now been carbon-dated to between 3482 and 3103 BC, not only making it the oldest woven garment in the world, but also pushing the date of linen back, perhaps to before Egypt’s 1st Dynasty (ca. 3111–2906 BC). “With its pleated sleeves and bodice, together with the V-neck detail, it’s a very fine piece of clothing,” said Alice Stevenson, curator of the Petrie Museum. “There’s nothing quite like it anywhere of that quality and date.” archaeology.org, 11 April, 12 Dec 2016.