My local library has been working with me in trying to locate a PBS Nova episode about a recent mummy discovery, if memory serves me correctly, in Peru. It was sometime in the 2001-2002 timeframe that I had clicked onto my local PBS station and found myself listening to the program; absorbed in this find as I worked on one of my projects. They had removed the mummy from a high mountain cave and, again going by memory, they brought her to a safe location where another female scientist involved in this mummy's study, started discussing the fabric this female mummy was wrapped in -- and she said the key word that perked my ears and my head right up: CROCHET!
By the time I was able to locate pen & paper, the program was over. I have since written to my PBS station many times, requesting their assistance in figuring out the exact name of that Nova special, but never received an answer.
And so, it's my wonderful local library that has helping me in trying to find it. Yesterday they called me; they received an intra~library loan of a Nova episode called "Ice Mummies: Siberian Ice Maiden." We watched it last night.
Although it's not the one I'm looking for, it was very interesting. What I liked was that this woman, approximately at the age of 25 upon her death, was a woman of power and wealth, which was very rare for that time period. And, unlike any other mummies found before her, everything with her was immaculate! Including her clothes, which were amazing to see! I even learned a little something about silkworms, domestic verses wild, which tells the scientists a little about her life. If you like this kind of archaeological stuff, then I recommend you visit your local library and request this show too.
In the meantime, I'll continue my search for that other mummy. Once I find her, I'm hoping to be able to contact the scientist and see if there's more to that mummy's crochet. If herclothing/wrap was crocheted, this will add serious credence that crochet is more than just 200+ years old.