10 Oldest Objects Ever Found
1Oldest Marijuana Stash (2,700 years old)
A barrage of tests proves that the marijuana possessed potent psychoactive properties and casts doubt on the theory that the ancients only grew the plant for hemp in order to make clothing, rope, and other objects. They apparently were getting high, too. Lead author Ethan Russo told Discovery News that the marijuana "is quite similar" to what's grown today.
2Oldest Chewing Gum (5,000 years old)
"Birch bark tar contains phenols, which are antiseptic compounds. It is generally believed that Neolithic people found that by chewing this stuff if they had gum infections it helped to treat the condition," said Trevor Brown from the University of Derby.
3Oldest Leather Shoe (5,500 years old)
About as big as a current women's size seven (U.S.), the shoe was likely tailor-made for the right foot of its owner. Radiocarbon dated to about 3500 B.C., during Armenia's Copper Age, the prehistoric shoe is compressed in the heel and toe area, likely due to miles upon miles of walking. However, the shoe is by no means worn out.
4Oldest Musical Instrument (42,000 years old)
5Oldest Artificial Eye (4,800 years old)
6Oldest Skirt (5,900 years old)
The cave has been under investigation by a team of Irish, American, and Armenian researchers since 2007. It has yielded numerous fascinating discoveries over the years, including the mummified remains of a goat that may be 5,900 years old, more than 1,000 years older than many of the famous mummified animals found in Egypt.
7Oldest Popcorn (6,700 years old)
Corn husks, stalks, cobs, and tassels (pollen-producing flowers on corn) dating from 6,700 to 3,000 years ago were unearthed at Paredones and Huaca Prieta, two sites on Peru's northern coast, by American and Peruvian researchers. The characteristics of the corncobs suggest that the sites' ancient inhabitants prepared and ate corn in several ways, including corn flour and popcorn.
8Oldest Purse (4,500 years old)
9Oldest Mattress (77,000 years old)
10Oldest Mask (9,000 years old)
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