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Re: orion 2nd Century Flora & Fauna Query
Barry and others,
This is quite off-topic but as palaeobotany and palaeozoology are such
specialized fields, I'm going to post this anyway.
I have a copy of an article by Zohar Amar and Toni Friedman, "Milkweed:
Fibers to Fabric," _Shuttle, Spindle & Dyepot_ (Spring 1997) 43-45, which
discuses the cultivation and spinning of milkweed in antiquity as a form of
linen production. Zohar Amar is a teacher of Land and Israel studies at Bar
Ilan University and his own research deals with plants found in the Bible
and during the Roman and Byzantine periods. (Toni Friedman is an expert
spinner who lives on moshav Nir Etzion and was my spinning teacher at one
time.) I don't have Amar's e-mail address but perhaps one of our
subscribers at Bar Ilan knows how to reach him. Possibly a net search would
turn up something.
At 07:29 AM 12/10/97 +0000, you wrote:
>My current research involves the general area of the Judean wilderness
>and particularly the western shore of the Dead Sea (say, En-Gedi to
>Sedom)in the period of late 1st to mid 2nd centuries C.E.
>Can anyone suggest a resource (person or organization) who might be
>responsive to e-mail correspondence on either of these two subjects:
>(1) PaleoBotany. Interested in the plant life of that area in that
>time, including foragable plants and the Balsam (Commiphora) industry;
>(2) PaleoZoology (Mammalian). Interested in specifically which species
>of Bat(s) might have roosted in the caves of the wadis (such as Nahal
>Any leads would be helpful. Thanks very much.
>Barry J. Yarkon