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It is generally accepted that string, rope, and coarse utilitarian cloth, used, for example, as sacks, could be made of hemp, and there is some evidence of hemp preparation in 11th-century Norwich.

However, hemp may not only have been used for rough purposes. As it is often impossible to distinguish hemp from flax in archaeological context (see archaeological textiles); where fibres are mineralised, cloth of hemp may often been simply subsumed under 'linen' in excavation reports. Apart from Wheeler's 1935 observation of Saxon skeletons buried in garme…

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Gale R. Owen-Crocker, “Hemp”, in: Encyclopedia of Medieval Dress and Textiles, Edited by: Gale Owen-Crocker, Elizabeth Coatsworth, Maria Hayward. Consulted online on 27 September 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2213-2139_emdt_COM_368>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124356, 20120503

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