In a message dated 26/09/2006 10:15:55 GMT Standard Time,
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Does anyone know the name of the variety of sheep in the Iron Age that
moulted their fleeces? The fleeces could be rolled off without shearing.
Of the present British breeds, Soay, Shetland and Hebridean can all be
"rooed" or plucked without shearing, giving a beautifully soft wool without
cut-ends (at least the last two - Soay always seems to be prickly!!) Of these the
Hebridean is reputedly a Viking period breed, but both Shetland and Soay
types seem to have been readily available in the Iron Age. Bronze age wools
appear to be Soay type.
Incidentally the quality of "rooed" fleeces is still appreciated - the Wool
Marketing Board pays about five times the price per fleece as it does for
Hope this helps