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    Oldest Evidence of Silk Found in 8,500-Year-Old Tombs By Charles Q. Choi, Live S

    Oldest Evidence of Silk Found in 8,500-Year-Old Tombs
    By Charles Q. Choi, Live Science Contributor | January 10, 2017 06:57am ET

     

     

    Silk proteins were found in tombs at Jiahu in the Henan Province in central China. Shown here, grottoes in Henan Province.
    Credit: Lao Ma / Shutterstock.com

     
    The oldest evidence of silk made by silkworms has been found buried in 8,500-year-old tombs in China, revealing that people may have used the luxurious material thousands of years earlier than previously thought, a new study finds.

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    To learn more about the origins of silk, scientists investigated ruins dating back 9,000 years at Jiahu in the middle of Henan Province in central China. Previously at this site, scientists had unearthed bone flutes that are the earliest known playable musical instruments on Earth, as well as what may be the earliest Chinese writing. [In Photos: Ancient Silk Road Cemetery Contains Carvings of Mythical Creatures]

     

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