An­cient Egyp­tian sock re­veals se­crets

Timeless Travels Magazine - - ARCHAEOLOGICAL NEWS -

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

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