Douglas Gabriel asked the excavator what else he discovered with the spear. The excavator wrote, “an old cloth that was threadbare and shredded when I pulled it from the dirt.” He indicated that he also found “a small three or four ring couplet, cloth, what looked like pieces of a necklace, etc. -all in the debris pile.”
This was an important clue to the research team. They began to research possible origins of the linen sound with the spear. This is what they found.