Tuesday, June 15, 2010

My Dream

World's Oldest Leather ShoeTo find a shoe has always been my dream.

-- Diana Zardaryan, an Armenian doctoral student who found the world's oldest leather shoe, New York Times, 10 June 2010

Perfectly preserved under layers of sheep dung (who needs cedar closets?), the shoe, made of cowhide and tanned with oil from a plant or vegetable, is about 5,500 years old, older than Stonehenge and the Egyptian pyramids, scientists say. Leather laces crisscross through numerous leather eyelets, and it was worn on the right foot; there is no word on the left shoe.

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