Friday, 11 June 2010


Archaeologists have discovered what they say is the world’s oldest known leather shoe, 5,500 years old!
Perfectly preserved under layers of sheep dung, the shoe, made of cowhide and tanned with oil from a
plant is estimated to be about 5,500 years old. Leather laces crisscross through numerous leather eyelets and it would have probably been worn by a woman with roughly size 5 (uk) feet.

The shoe was discovered by scientists excavating in a huge cave in Armenia.
Along with the shoe, the cave has also yielded evidence of an ancient winemaking operation, and caches of what may be the oldest known intentionally dried fruits: apricots, grapes & prunes. The scientists also found skulls of three adolescents in ceramic vessels, suggesting ritualistic or religious practice.

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