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Saturday, June 12, 2010

Copper Age Shoes



The world’s oldest shoe was found in 2008 in a cave in the Vayots Dzor province of Armenia. Confirmed by radiocarbon dating the artefact is considered to be 5,500 years old (Chalcolithic period, or Copper Age), was discovered by a team of international archaeologists preserved perfectly including the laces under layers of sheep dung. The 24.5 cm shoe (very small 37) was made of a single piece of cowhide leather, with intricate laces, and was shaped to fit the wearer's right foot. It was stuffed with The shoe was stuffed with grass (sic as makeshift shoe tree). The date of the find is contemporary to the invention the wheel. The oldest known footwear in the world is a pair of fibre sandals thought to be around 2,500 years older than the Armenian leather shoe. They were found in a cave in Missouri in the United States.

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