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Asbestos comes from the Greek term ‘amiantus’, which means unquenchable. It has been used for as long as 4500 years. Finnish peasants mixed it in pottery and sealed the cracks in their log huts with it.
The ancient Greeks would use it for the wicks in their lamps and the ancient Romans wove the asbestos fibres to make fabrics with which towels, nets and even head coverings for the woman were made.
Until the 19th Century asbestos remained just a curiosity. This changed when the Industrial Age emerged in the 1800’s and its full potential was discovered.