Although it has yet to be discovered precisely when man first began spinning fibers into yarns, there is much archaeological evidence to show that the skill was well practiced at least 8000 years ago. Certainly, the weaving of spun yarns was developed around 6000 B.C., when Neolithic man began to settle in permanent dwellings and to farm and domesticate animals. Both skills are known to predate pottery, which is traceable to circa 5000 B.C.