Thursday, June 10, 2010


A perfectly preserved 5,500-year-old leather shoe has been found by a team of international archaeologists in a cave in Armenia.  

The cow-hide shoe dates back to 3,500 BC (the Chalcolithic period) and is in perfect condition. It was made of a single piece of leather and was shaped to fit the wearer's foot.

It contained grass, although the archaeologists were uncertain as to whether this was to keep the foot warm or to maintain the shape of the shoe, perhaps a precursor to the modern shoe-tree which is placed inside a shoe to preserve its shape.

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