Millennia Old Leather Shoe Discovery Amazes Archaeologists

06.10.10 | FL News Team

An ancient leather shoe has been discovered in an Armenian cave. The perfectly preserved artifact, discovered by a team of international archaeologists, is reportedly 55-hundred years old. That would predate the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt by one-thousand years and Stonehenge in Britain by four centuries. Researchers say the shoe is small by todays standards, about a man's size seven, but would have been a normal size for a man from that era. It was made of a single piece of cow-hide shaped to fit the wearer's foot and included leather laces.

 The cave where the shoe was unearthed also contained other surprises including large ceramic containers. Many of the jars contained wheat, barley, apricots and other edible plants. The shoe isn't the oldest known footwear in the world. Sandals, thought to be about eight-thousand years old were discovered in the 1950s in another cave that millenia ago served as a garbage dump -- in Missouri.