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Saturday, April 21

Discovering Archaeology Secrets of the Alpaca Mummies - Did the ancient Inca make the finest woolen cloth the world has ever known?: "The ancient fibers of the alpacas' fleece were as soft as a baby's hair compared with that produced by the alpacas that are ubiquitous in modern Peru. If only Peruvians could resurrect these lost breeds, she mused, they could produce textiles rivaling cashmere and, in the process, lift themselves out of poverty." A fascinating article that shows how archaelogy can lead to the recovery of ancient technology still useful today. It also focuses on Jane Wheeler, a U.S. archaeozoologist who has focused her science on extracting crucial traits of ancient breeds.

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