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The Origins Of Clothing

Ian Gilligan | Sapiens | 20th April 2023

We divide prehistory into Stone, Bronze and Iron ages because lots of things made of stone, bronze and iron survive from those times. We neglect the role of wood and cloth in prehistoric cultures because ancient things made of wood and cloth have mostly rotted away. When was clothing invented, for example? Judging from the tools which survive, perhaps a million or more years ago (2,600 words)

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Gwern | 13th February 2023

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