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Unformatted text preview: 3 Reading 2-1 Not all scholars had been blinded by the Venutian morphology. Dr. Elizabeth Wayland Barber, a professor of archaeology and linguistics at Occidental College in Los Angeles, included in her 1991 volume Prehistoric Textiles, a chapter arguing that some of the Venus f gurines were wearing string skirts. The recent work from Dr. Soffer and her colleagues extends and ampli f es on the Dr. Barbers original observations. The new work also underscores the often neglected importance of what Dr. Barber has termed the string revolution. Archaeologists have long emphasized the invention of stone and metal tools in furthering the evolution of human culture. Even the names given to various periods in human history and prehistory are based on heavyweight tools: the word Paleolithicthe period extending from about 750,000 years ago to 15,000 years agoessentially means Old Stone Age. And duly thudding and clanking after the Paleolithic period were the Mesolithic and Neolithic, or Middle and New Stone Age, the Bronze Age, the...
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