Even 8,500 years ago, people loved silk

Some decidedly non-Neolithic silk

Evidence that humans have always liked the finer things in life has been discovered in a Neolithic tomb in China.

Archaeologists from the University of Science and Technology of China in Hefei, studied three tombs at the site of a Neolithic settlement in the middle of central China’s Henan Province, and found the oldest evidence to date for the human production of silk.

*Side note: Neolithic refers to the later part of the Stone Age, beginning about 10,200 BC. Also known as a really, really long time ago.*

The researchers were reportedly intrigued by the possibility silk was made at the site, after hearing tales that suggested that silkworm breeding and silk weaving began around the area, reports the Daily Mail.

The material was preserved for 8,500 years in the tombs, and proves — among other far more scientific things — that luxury is almost as old as time itself. [Daily Mail]