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Sat Sep 29, 2012, 07:28 AM

Ancient Stinging Nettles Reveal Bronze Age Trade Connections

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/09/120928093717.htm

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The remains of the nettle cloth. (Credit: National Museum of Denmark)

ScienceDaily (Sep. 28, 2012) — A piece of nettle cloth retrieved from Denmark's richest known Bronze Age burial mound Lusehøj may actually derive from Austria, new findings suggest. The cloth thus tells a surprising story about long-distance Bronze Age trade connections around 800 BC.

2,800 years ago, one of Denmark's richest and most powerful men died. His body was burned. And the bereaved wrapped his bones in a cloth made from stinging nettle and put them in a stately bronze container, which also functioned as urn.

Now new findings suggest that the man's voyage to his final resting place may have been longer than such voyages usually were during the Bronze Age: the nettle cloth, which was wrapped around the deceased's bones, was not made in Denmark, and the evidence points to present-day Austria as the place of origin.

"I expected the nettles to have grown in Danish soil on the island of Funen, but when I analysed the plant fibres' strontium isotope levels, I could see that this was not the case," explains postdoc Karin Margarita Frei from the Danish National Research Foundation's Centre for Textile Research at the University of Copenhagen.

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Thu Oct 4, 2012, 04:07 AM

1. I've double posted. My mistake. n/t

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Thu Oct 4, 2012, 04:11 AM

2. Great to get a chance to see samples of cloth from the Bronze Age.

I thought nettle was only a week, so I read the wiki. Amazing!

Very, very impressive. Would love to see that cloth in person.

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