The history of string, and, the symbolic seashell

Two articles which are perhaps of interest?

The Long, Knotty, World-Spanning Story of String
String is far more important than the wheel in the pantheon of inventions.
Authored by
Ferris Jabr
Wordcount
March 6, 2018 | 2,500 words, about 13 minutes
https://www.hakaimagazine.com/features/the-long-knotty-world-spanning-story-of-string/

and

The Symbolic Seashell
Collecting seashells is as old as humanity. What we do with them can reveal who we are, where we’re from, and what we believe.
Authored by
Krista Langlois
Wordcount
October 22, 2019 | 3,300 words, about 17 minutes
https://www.hakaimagazine.com/features/the-symbolic-seashell/

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