We know about spindling, and we know people have spun from time out of mind. Although we find the occasional depiction in art, we don't often get to glimpse the actual tools that those fiberworkers used.
This Persian stone relief carving dates to about 4,000 b.c.e.
These little beauties are Roman spindle whorls from approximately 200 a.d. (And, yes, I take the dating of items like these with a grain of salt.) They are made of stone, bone, or glass and are all about 3/4 of an inch in diameter or smaller. (click for big)
Sheep, ovis aries, have been a part of the life of humankind for time untold. Some say 6,000 years, some say longer. However long it has been, sheep and their wool have become inextricably linked with us as human beings and with our society--to a much greater degree than most people realize. Sheep show up in the most surprising places. As proof I offer you this video.