Thursday, May 10, 2007

2,700 Year Old Piece of Fabric Found in Burial Urn

<<News:-Archaeology May 10, 2007 — Archaeologists in Greece have discovered a rare 2,700-year-old piece of fabric inside a copper urn from a burial they speculated imitated the elaborate cremation of soldiers described in Homer's "Iliad."

The yellowed, brittle material was found in the urn during excavation in the southern town of Argos, a Culture Ministry announcement said Wednesday. "This is an extremely rare find, as fabric is an organic material which decomposes very easily," said archaeologist Alkistis Papadimitriou, who headed the dig. She said only a handful of such artifacts have been found in Greece. The cylindrical urn also contained dried pomegranates — offerings linked with the ancient gods of the underworld — along with ashes and charred human bones from an early 7th century B.C. cremation.

Papadimitriou said the material was preserved for nearly 3,000 years by the corroding copper urn. "Copper oxides killed the microbes which normally destroy fabric," she told The Associated Press.>>

Well, ladies, I hate to be disrespectful......but when I read this, all I could see or think of was the imagery of Finn, Nellie, Bonnie ,Tonya and Su B. I'm sorry. But you will have to admit here...Finn would want it for her scrapbag and it would probably end up...after being happily appreciated with great delight...in some dolly quilts. Nellie would be enthralled with the inherent artistic possibilities of the folds, pleats, wrinkles and aging textures and turn it into the Dead Lake Series #503. Bonnie...no doubt about it, would cut it into strips and have it pieced, sewn, and quilted in a couple of hours. Tonya would immediately grab the urn and place it on her mantle shelves along with her Egyptian alabaster collection and phrenology head. And Su B? She would find out that it was an antique and she and I would immediately start fighting over it.

It's probably a very good thing that its under lock and key and being studied and carbon dated right now. And you'll have to admit. Whoever was buried in there must have really loved her fabric stash, because she definitely took it with her!