The world’s oldest purse may have been found at an archaeological site in Leipzig, Germany (about 400km from Frankfurt). It was uncovered with more than a hundred dog teeth arranged close together in a grave dated to between 2,500 and 2,200 B.C…. giving vintage an entirely new definition.
According to archaeologist Susanne Friederich, the teeth were likely decorations for the outer flap of a handbag.
“Over the years the leather or fabric disappeared, and all that’s left is the teeth. They’re all pointing in the same direction, so it looks a lot like a modern handbag flap,” said Friederich, of the Sachsen-Anhalt State Archaeology and Preservation Office.
But this isn’t the first discovery of Stone Age fashion. About two years ago, the world’s oldest leather shoe was found in an Armenian cave. The shoe is in a moccasin shape and dates back to over 5,500 years ago. The contents of a pit in the cave, dubbed Areni-1, had been sealed in by several layers of sheep dung, which accumulated in the cave after its Copper Age human inhabitants had gone. The shoe is made up of a single piece of cowhide and fits a modern day women’s size seven.