Skip to comments.Chinese Archaeologists Discover 2,000-Year-Old Leather Shoes
Posted on 09/09/2006 11:19:11 AM PDT by blam
Chinese archaeologists discover 2,000-year-old leather shoes
Beijing, Sept. 9 (PTI): Six leather shoes, made some 2,000 years ago, have been discovered at a relic site in Dunhuang in northwest China's Gansu Province, taking the Chinese shoe-making industry older by some 1,000 years.
The leather shoes, from the Han Dynasty (205 BC-220 AD), are the oldest leather shoes found in China, indicating that the history of China's leather shoe-making is some 1,000 years longer than previously believed, an archaeologist from Gansu Province, He Shuangquan said.
The newly found, well-preserved shoes were made for children, aged three to six years old, said He, who is in charge of the excavation of the ancient site at Xuanquanzhi in the desert of Dunhuang.
The yellow-coloured shoes were made from cattle hide, with a round toe and flat sole. One of the shoes is laced. The leather was not polished, and the threads can still be seen on the shoes, he said. "We can see that leather shoe-making skills of that time was quite close to that of today," He was quoted as saying by Xinhua news agency.
Other precious relics found there include books, letters, animal and plant remains as well as daily necessities.
When these shoes were made, there were no Chinese (a few), no gate and no wall at this location. From at least 2,000BC the inhabitants of this whole area was Caucasians. It was only about 100-200BC that a few Chinese skeletons began to show up in this area for the first time.
Any pictures of them?
I was wondering if this is the area that was inhabited by Caucasians. I bet they taught the Chineese everything they knew.
Hush Puppies. Those things never go away.
There was a show on TV (IIRC on the History Channel) where a British archaeologist who had excavated areas near Hadrian's Wall displayed some leather shoes of almost the same age. They were in good shape and remarkably well made. They still had markings identifying the maker. The children's shoes had studs on the bottom for a better grip.
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Another way to tell is to see if the women's shoes are normal lengths...
"It has now become clear that finds of chariot remains, metal knives and axes of northern provenance, and bronze mirrors of western provenance in the tombs of Anyang indicate that the Shang had at least indirect contact with people who were familiar with these things. Who were these people? Where did they live? When did they arrive? "
"Neolithiclite(c)step on it!"
Do they still have Neolite soles or am I showing my age?
Yes and yes.
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