In a small ancient town in Palestine, archaeologists discovered 7,200-year-old cotton fragments from the Indus Valley civilization in Pakistan.
A 7,300-year-old settlement in Israel named Tel Tsaf with numerous ancient ruins was found to contain cotton, which was once thought to be a luxury.
According to a study by several archaeologists from Stanford University, the University of Arkansas, the University of Haifa, and a German museum, ancient cotton went from prehistoric Pakistan to a Palestine town via trade.
Cotton only thrives in tropical or subtropical climates with enough water, according to Danny Rosenberg of the University of Haifa, one of the study’s authors.
“Cotton agriculture arose independently throughout the world, including in the Indus Valley and North Africa,” he continued. Cultivation in North Africa, however, came later.
Additionally, the study shows that Mehrgarh in Balochistan has the earliest archaeological evidence of cotton use, which dates to between 7,500 and 8,500 years ago.
However, it is important to note that the earliest cotton fabric ever found was a little scrap of actual fabric that was bonded to a silver vase and found in the Indus Valley between 4,750 and 5,000 years ago in Mohenjo-Daro, Sindh.
According to Rosenberg, these facts and historical data imply that the cotton that has been discovered in Palestine is from ancient Pakistan.