Thursday, April 27, 2017

10th century boots

A factor which frequently hampers shoe historians is the absence of evidence in archeological finds. More often than not, the feet (and hands) are missing, usually fallen prey to animal scavengers, or in the case of shoes, perished with time. Only where environmental factors allow, such as submerged in peat or unique cave conditions have early artefacts been preserved.

>br> When archaeologists in Mongolia stumbled across the remains of a 1,100-year-old mummy, they were surprised to see the corpse was still wearing footwear that was in remarkable condition. After a full restoration, at the Centre of Cultural Heritage of Mongolia, researchers were able to confirm the 10th century female cadaver was wearing felt knee high boots with soles of leather and the toecap made of stitched stripes in bright red colours.

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