History, manufacture and properties of lime bast cordage in northern Europe

  title={History, manufacture and properties of lime bast cordage in northern Europe},
  author={Tor Myking and A D Hertzberg and Tore Skr{\o}ppa},
Summary Manufacture of lime bast cordage in northern Europe has been an unbroken tradition from the Mesolithic (9000–3000 BC ) to the present day. The cordage was usually manufactured by stripping off the bark of lime trees in midsummer, submerging it in water to dissociate the adjacent bast layers, and then peeling off the outer bark and separating the bast layers in narrow bands. The bast bands were then spun to make cords, which in turn were twisted to cordage. Lime bast cordage is… 

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