The novel I'm working on is set in an original world that is at about the technology of our own history during the rise of the first cities. Being a fan of all things yarn craft, I decided to make one of the characters a weaver--and then had to back track to research when weaving was invented.
Spoiler: there is evidence for bronze age (and, iirc, stone age) weaving, so my character was good to go.
Of course if there are weavers, there are spinners, right? so another character comes from a family of spinners. (Being me, the main culture for this book does #nonmonogamy / group marriages. And I made each family specialize in a different profession, bc why not?) And I figured that would was enough research into bronze age yarn crafting for one book, bc... well because I assumed?
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