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Back in style: An ancient shoe from 3500 BC looks like moccasins worn in the 1950s

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posted on Jun, 9 2010 @ 04:31 PM
G'day ATS!

I did a search here and found nothing, so if this is a re post, please remove.

Anyways, no conspiracies that I can see here, I just thought this was pretty neat and wanted to share with my fellow ATS'ers.

Talk about vintage footwear—an international team of archeologists has discovered the world's oldest leather shoe. One thousand years older than the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt, the 5,500-year-old shoe was perfectly preserved by the cool, dry conditions in the sheep dung-lined cave in Armenia where it was found.

"We thought initially that the shoe and other objects were about 600-700 years old because they were in such good condition," Ron Pinhasi said in a prepared statement. He is the lead author on a paper describing the relic, published June 9 in PLoS One . It was only when two tiny strips of leather and some straw from inside the shoe were carbon-dated by independent labs in California and Oxford, UK, that the team realized how old the shoe really was—a few hundred years older than those worn by Ötzi, the Iceman.

The team had been excavating the Armenian cave for a year when Diana Zardaryan, a PhD student at the Institute of Archaeology and Enthography in Armenia, spotted the shoe in a pit alongside a broken pot and some sheep horns. "I was amazed to find that even the shoe-laces were preserved," she recalled, in a prepared statement.

The lace-up bootie is remarkably similar to "pampooties," moccasins worn on the Aran Islands (off the west coast of Ireland) up to the 1950s. "In fact, enormous similarities exist between the manufacturing technique and style of this shoe and those found across Europe at later periods, suggesting that this type of shoe was worn for thousands of years across a large and environmentally diverse region," Pinhasi said in a prepared statement.

The team was unable to isolate ancient DNA to determine the origin of the leather, but microscopic analysis of the hide's pores suggests the size-seven shoe was probably made from a cow. Its maker used a vegetable oil-based product to tan the leather, Pinhasi said.

While Ötzi wore the oldest known leather shoes prior to this discovery (his were grassy socks held together with straps of bear and deer leather), 7,420-year-old sandals made from plant material were previously found in the Arnold Research Cave in Missouri. The newly discovered lace-up moccasin is thought to narrowly pre-date the first known slip-on shoe, which is 4,680 radiocarbon years old.

Also preserved in the cool, dry cave, were containers of barley and apricots. "This cave has been exciting form the beginning," said Pinhasi. "We keep finding these exciting objects. It's a privilege to have a cave with such amazing preservation."

Scientific American

posted on Jun, 9 2010 @ 04:34 PM
I remember thirty years ago reading a quote that was purportedly attributed to Marie Antoinette's hatmaker:

"There is nothing new except for what has been forgotten"...

posted on Jun, 9 2010 @ 04:39 PM
reply to post by nine-eyed-eel

Very good quote Sir, and especially pertinent to this find

Unfortunately that means that bell bottoms and leisure suits are going to be mainstream again, and perhaps even the MULLET

posted on Jun, 9 2010 @ 11:01 PM
reply to post by ZombieJesus

What's Older Than The Pyramids and Smells Worse Than A Mummy?

The story made Fox News so you are in good company!

Great find! S& F'd

posted on Jun, 9 2010 @ 11:13 PM
Holy cow... they're still in tact!

I'd like to see a pair of Nikes last 'till 7500 A.D.

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