May 24, 2018 | By Lourdes Linares
A 5,500-year-old leather lace-up moccasin has been found buried in sheep dung in a cave in Armenia on the Iranian and Turkish borders. The cool, dry cave and the thick layer of sheep dung, which acted as a solid seal, kept the world’s oldest piece of leather footwear in perfect condition. The shoe is about a woman’s size seven and was thought to have been worn by a young man or woman. The shoe is older than Stonehenge and the Egyptian pyramids, yet looks surprisingly modern. Not only do the archeologists intend to look for the matching shoe, but claim that before the shoe is displayed they can return the nearly 6000 year old tanned leather to its original supple quality. The doctoral student, Diana Zardaryan, that found the footwear said, ‘Oh my God, it’s a shoe.’ To find a shoe has always been my dream.” As many of us know, finding the perfect vintage accessory is often a dream come true.
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