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Captain Jack

World's oldest shoe

Posted on 2010.06.09 at 20:07
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Archaeologists just unearthed a soft leather shoe about 5,500 years old from a cave in Armenia.  Here's the story.  And it's got lacing.    I just love stuff like this.


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elfscribe5 at 2010-06-10 04:27 (UTC) (Link)
Glad you enjoyed it.
elflover59 at 2010-06-10 04:32 (UTC) (Link)
I love stuff like that.:)+
elfscribe5 at 2010-06-10 04:37 (UTC) (Link)
It's just too cool to see a piece of clothing that old.
chaotic_binky at 2010-06-10 05:32 (UTC) (Link)
The wrap around style looks very accommodating for the feet. I bet they did not cause blisters.

Hugs Binky xx
elfscribe5 at 2010-06-10 18:02 (UTC) (Link)
Hopefully no blisters. Although as they discuss in the article, they don't look like they'd really protect your feet long in rocky terrain. Maybe they are campfire booties. *g*
leaf_light at 2010-06-10 05:40 (UTC) (Link)
That looks so comfortable even if not durable. I love the way it's been stuffed with grass and that it was still soft when they found it. Amazing. Archeology has always fascinated me.
elfscribe5 at 2010-06-10 18:03 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, finding it intact with grass stuffing it, I don't know makes it very immediate. I've seen a lot of artifacts like this in the course of my job, but nothing near that old. We're amazed out here to find preserved cloth and sandals that are 800 years old.
spiced_wine at 2010-06-10 06:16 (UTC) (Link)
I find this stuff fascinating! Thank-you!
elfscribe5 at 2010-06-10 18:04 (UTC) (Link)
It's so cool. I'm an archaeologist by training, so I totally geek out on this stuff.
spiced_wine at 2010-06-10 19:23 (UTC) (Link)
The only thing I ever really wanted to do (apart from just write, lol) was be an archaeologist! (Before I started getting panic attacks about traveling.) It fascinates me.
elfscribe5 at 2010-06-13 03:35 (UTC) (Link)
I've enjoyed dabbling in the field (so to speak).
keiliss at 2010-06-10 14:22 (UTC) (Link)
Soooo cool. I love finds like this, they feel so much more personal and immediate than outlines of ancient ruins or pottery shards. And I could imagine wearing that. Just shows, there's nothing new under the sun, is there?

elfscribe5 at 2010-06-10 18:05 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, there's nothing like seeing perishables like cloth and leather to give that feeling that somehow you can identify with the owner. Sparks the imagination, it does. Not much new, that's for sure.
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