when was wool first found?

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Answer #1 | 22/12 2013 21:48
It was never found. It was always on the sheep. Lots of websites about, by sheep farmers and the wool industry, that cover this in rather nice detail.
Answer #2 | 23/12 2013 00:04
It will have been first found, when the sheep lost it? The accurate answer is we don't know, we can only speculate. It is known that wool was first used as felt (unwoven), the lanolin and natural micro fibres allow it to 'stick' together, we are not sure about the time scale for the development of woven wool, but arcaeological artifacts do suggest that it has been around as a woven material for about 15,000 years, so Neolithic or New Stone age.
Answer #3 | 23/12 2013 04:34 Merchants of the Staple...............................
Answer #4 | 23/12 2013 10:32
Darren - I see this question was firsted posted in the UK & Ireland, so I would have thought that this story would be known by most people in the UK. Wool was first found in 1740 by David O. Peters-Edwards while he was walking across his sheep pastures in Scotland. He noticed these strange clumps of material left by the sheep. The clumps were made of material rather than the normal sheep droppings. He followed the sheep for a while and saw that different sheep dropped different patterns, which is how the various Tartan plaid were discovered. David was smart enough to breed the sheep and now the shepherds merely follow the sheep around picking up all the different woolen pieces. they are sewn together and sold throughout the world. So if you see a woolen article that claims to from Scotland, you know how it was made. Good luck with your project.

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