Rope (c30,000BC) – 1000 Inventions and Discoveries

It is difficult to say exactly when people first started to make rope because few early examples have survived, except in bogs, where the acid water has stopped it from rotting. But some early drawings and sculptures show it in use.

It has also sometimes been preserved as an impression in clay, as in the caves of Lascaux, where archaeologists found evidence of a rope braided from three plant fibres. One early use of rope was for making nets and snares for catching food.