Scientists always find more ancient objects which were hidden in caves or tombs. Here are some of the oldest manmade objects ever found.
With the pace of technology always speeding up, it’s rare to find some useful day-to-day object from even a full year ago. Companies get you to rebuy the newest model because yours dies, or breaks… or you lose it.
Swiss army knife-200AD
Weaponry and tools have been on this planet for thousands of years, but the earliest entry on our list is that special combination of both. From the second century AD, we have the first ever “Swiss Army Knife”. Obviously, based on the timeline, it’s not Swiss, but this collapsible multi tool is definitely a throwback from Victorinox’s present day wares.
Prosthetic( 3000)/artificial eye(4,800)
While we are working on 3D printing prosthetic arms, and digits in the present day, we are also able to trace back to origin of this amazing and useful practice. The first ever prosthetic limb was an Egyptian big toe, made of polished wood, and is three thousand years old. It was found in a mummy’s tomb and shows signs of wear, meaning it wasn’t just an aesthetic added on the please the gods in death.
Speaking of beauty, styles may have changed, but purses have been fashionable for longer than you might have thought. The oldest purse ever found is about 4,500 years old, was made of leather, and is completely adorned with…teeth. Dog teeth, to be exact.
These next two fashion accessories were found in an Armenian cave, but it seems like Spring Cleaning wasn’t as popular five thousand years ago. The oldest shoe ever found dates back some five and a half thousand years, and is made of a single piece of leather rubbed with vegetable oil.
Gum and Popcorn
For all of you junk food fans out there, have you ever wondered when people decided to start making food that wasn’t necessary to live? Well, we’ve found a couple of examples that help to describe the origin of the hunt for taste. The oldest piece of gum ever found dates back five thousand years, and is made of birch bark tar.
Singing and oral traditions have been around for countless generations, but have you ever wondered at what point someone added musical accompaniment? Well, we don’t know the answer to that, but we have discovered the oldest instrument ever found. A cave in southern Germany held two flutes made from mammoth and bird bones, and have been carbon dated to forty three thousand years ago.
Our final and oldest object takes us back a staggering seventy seven thousand years, and might not be what you expect. We all love our creature comforts, and this ancient artifact is a testament to one of the most important things in our day to day lives.
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