THE UNIQUE FIND OF A 5500 -YEAR-OLD LEATHER SHOE
Areni-1 Cave Complex, Trench 3
Copper Age, 3600-3500 BC
The leather shoe was discovered in 2008. As evidenced by the excavating archeologists, the shoe was dated from 3500 BC by the radio-carbon analysis in Spectrometry Laboratories at the Universities of California and Oxford. This permits considering the unique find that came down to us in a state of stunning preservation “the world’s oldest shoe”.
Archeological excavations have been carried out in the cave called Areni-1 in Vayots Dzor region since 2007. Co-director Boris Gasparyan of the Institute of Archeology and Ethnography, National Academy of Sciences, Armenia, co-director Dr. Ron Pinhasi of the University College Cork, Ireland, and co-director Dr. Grigor Areshian of the Cotsen Institute of Archeology, UCLA, USA, are among the researchers of the expedition.
Collection : Archaeological collection
Exposition : Stone Age 1 800 000 – 4 000 BC
Period : Neolith – eneolith
Material : Leather
Inventar # : a23