Ancient Egyptian sock reveals secrets
Anon-invasive technique devised by scientists at the British Museum (BM), has shed light on the dyeing and weaving process in ancient Egypt, and revealed that ancient Egyptians were fans of a stripy sock.
The pioneering imaging was used to discover how enterprising Egyptians used dyes on a child’s sock, recovered from a rubbish dump in ancient Antinoupolis in Roman Egypt, and dating from 300 CE.
The new multispectral imaging can establish which dyes were used – madder (red), woad (blue) and weld (yellow) – but also how people of the late antiquity period used double and sequential dying and weaving, and twisting fibres to create myriad colours from their scarce resources.
Crucially, the imaging is noninvasive. Previously studying ancient textiles using radiocarbon dating and dye analysis required physical samples to be taken.
A sock dating from 300 CE was found in a rubbish dump in Egypt