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This reminds me of the Loulan fabrics, western China, much older than this though:
2000-year old textile produced by the Garamantes people of the Libyan Central Sahara.

Lost Cities of the Sahara [Archaeology]

1 posted on 12/26/2010 9:06:46 PM PST by SunkenCiv
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To: SunkenCiv

Very pretty fabric!


3 posted on 12/26/2010 9:08:30 PM PST by thecodont
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Sounds like they had to regress because the acquifer ran dry. Wait, the climate was changing back then too?? How is that possible?? Aren’t we always being told that only modern human industries can do that??


5 posted on 12/26/2010 9:13:54 PM PST by GeronL (#7 top poster at CC, friend to all, nicest guy ever, +96/-14, ignored by 1 sockpuppet.. oh & BANNED)
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To: SunkenCiv

Bttt.


20 posted on 12/26/2010 9:37:45 PM PST by Inyo-Mono (Had God not driven man from the Garden of Eden the Sierra Club surely would have.)
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38 posted on 12/27/2010 3:09:01 AM PST by Cisco Nix (Real Conservatives stay sober and focused)
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I think of them as similar to the Nabataeans, though on a lesser scale, due to the location; there was a good north-south trade route in their area, and it was their “run.” Next best thing to a river.


40 posted on 12/27/2010 6:23:56 AM PST by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast
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To: SunkenCiv

“They were depicted by Roman sources as ungovernable nomadic barbarians.”

Well, it’s pretty obvious that the Garamantes could by governed by themselves. It’s the *Romans* that they weren’t interested in being governed by.

Of course, the Romans wrote the history books after the Garamantes were gone, so they could depict them in any way they wanted. That’s usually the way it works: empires always depict the people that fight back as “barbarians,” “uncivilized,” “pagans,” “primitive.” That why I love Herodotus. He reports these civilizations as an anthropologist would, without judgment. It makes for much more informative reading.


46 posted on 12/27/2010 8:13:33 AM PST by worst-case scenario (Striving to reach the light)
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