The cave of the bats of Albuñol is one of the most spectacular finds of the prehistory peninsular, thanks to its special environmental conditions of the cavity had been preserved in perfect state of conservation more than sixty human mummified remains of these corpses were placed in A semicircle around a skeleton of a woman dressed in a robe of fur and adorned with a necklace of esparto from which hung sea snails and a fang of wild boar, distributed in different rooms were also dressed in tunics of esparto and as touched with Linings and footwear of esparto also, next to each one of them there was a basket or bag of esparto, two of them contained earth and in the remaining strands of hair, conserving its primitive colors at the time of the red and green discovery.
The cave of Albuñol was not studied until the middle of the seventies when the first dating of C14 on a sample of esparto and another from two tools of wood, is carried out following an important study essentially technological on Basketry, cordage, weaving in esparto that place this set within a Neolithic middle final Andalusian.
The set of pieces made in esparto that is conserved today in the National Archaeological Museum of Madrid together with the practically all the pieces of the cave of the bats rises to forty and nine among which undoubtedly stand out the set of baskets and sandals Which constitute an exceptional legacy of objects of daily use of the Neolithic final
But if spectacular is the set of baskets is not less the sandals of which the national archaeological museum retains fifteen complete copies and two fragments, most thirteen of them are made from a central composite core which goes Surrounded by a spiral cord that completes the piece. The other two specimens form their sole joining a long rope in the form of a braid that is curled around itself. Finally, there is another group of pieces made by means of esparto, such as flat discs which are probably rings, mats and traces of fabrics that we can not specify if they originated as mats, baskets or even clothes.
The new carbon dating 14 from several samples of other esparto objects from the same site allows to locate this group between 5,200 and 4,600 BC which makes it the oldest testimony of basketry and cordage of the Iberian Peninsula known in the Today.
I think we would all be satisfied that at least some sneakers would last us for a couple of years,I think that the esparto gave us good reasons for us to do some of esparto as in the past
Source photography: National Archaeological Museum.