9. Oldest Purse
After excavating a site near Leipzig, Germany, archaeologists uncovered more than a hundred dog teeth neatly aligned in a grave that dates to back to roughly 2,500 B.C. According to archaeologist Susanne Friederich, the teeth were most likely used as decorations for the outer flap of an ancient purse. The handbag’s main material was probably either leather or textile but, whatever it was, it didn’t survive the test of time, leaving only the decorations behind, which were embedded in soil.
“Over the years the leather or fabric disappeared, and all that’s left is the teeth. They’re all pointing in the same direction, so it looks a lot like a modern handbag flap,” said Friederich.
As it turns out, canine teeth were actually highly fashionable 4,500 years ago, adorning everything from blankets to clothing to jewelry. Nevertheless, the amount of teeth on the purse (apparently they came from over a dozen animals) and the item’s intricacy would indicate that the owner was a person of status.
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8. Oldest Skirt
The same Armenian cave where they found the world’s oldest shoe was also the location where the world’s oldest skirt was discovered. Pavel Avetisian, the head of the Institute of Archeology and Ethnography in Yerevan, believes the discrepancy in the ages between the 5,500-year-old shoe and the 5,900-year-old skirt, along with other items found in the cave, indicate that the area must have been populated for centuries.
The cave has been under intense study by American, Irish and Armenian researchers since 2007 and has yielded a number of fascinating discoveries over the years, including the mummified remains of a goat that are thought to be 5,900 — predating all of the famously mummified animals found in Egypt.
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