The 11 Oldest Objects Ever Found on Earth
The Earth is some 4.5 billion years old with humanity taking up not more than 200,000 years. Yet, both have left legacy traces that are being discovered by the scientists around the world. Vintage is always cool, but a vintage jewelry is even better — a 70,000 years old fancy bracelet was discovered in 2008 in Siberia. Who wouldn’t want to wear the oldest piece of jewelry in the world? And there are so many more ancient objects that the humanity is yet to unearth.
We at Bright Side found 11 most ancient objects on Earth. It will open a new side of history for you.
11. Ancient sunglasses
These ancient sunglasses only remotely resemble their modern counterparts, but they were made for the same purpose. The design of the sunglasses, the small eye holes, for instance, was to protect the eyes from an extensive sunlight. Oftentimes the glasses were used in the winter time when the sun glare becomes more bright during snowy days. Mostly, people from the arctic regions of Canada used them.
10. The first Swiss Army Knife
Here you can see a Swiss Army Knife from the times of the Roman Empire dating back to 200 AD. This tool was found in the Mediterranean in the 90s. But it has no corkscrew or screwdriver like modern Swiss Army Knives. It includes a fork, a spoon, a knife, and a toothpick — all are useful items to enjoy a meal.
9. The first prosthesis
3,000 years ago, the first ever prosthetic wooden toe was buried with a mummy. The prosthetic device belonged to a woman, and she probably lived between 950 BC and 710 BC. This toe is now an example of the oldest device of this kind.
8. Ancient therapeutic dental work
This tooth was from a lower jaw of a man who died 6,500 years ago. The canine was repaired with such subtlety that the scientists did not notice it at first. The beeswax was discovered only after re-examination a century after they first found it. Yet, this is not the oldest dentistry in the world. One of the most ancient dental work dates back to 14,000 years ago when a young man’s tooth was drilled out.
7. The oldest hymn
These music clay tablets, half written using cuneiform signs in the “Hurrian” language are the oldest pieces of musical art. They were discovered in Syria where the ancient city of Ugarit once stood. One of the tablets contains a hymn — the oldest jotted down music in the world. It’s interesting to know that it also includes instructions as to how the musician should play it.
6. The first “flushing” toilets
A Turkish city of Ephesus could once (first century AD to be precise) boast public toilets almost as good as some modern ones. Three long benches were equipped with 36 holes. The most amazing part of the design was, of course, the fact that there was running water under the seats that help get rid of the dirty business.
5. Old pre-ceramic mask
This stone mask is considered to be the oldest mask in the world. There is not enough information about it yet, but archaeologists think it dates to 7000 BC, a pre-ceramic Neolithic era.
4. The oldest zircon
The most ancient piece of Earth is zircon from Australia. It was unearthed 17 years ago near Perth, Western Australia. This zircon is a nesosilicate mineral and is believed to be the oldest mineral ever.
3. A five-and-a-half-millennia-old shoe
This slipper-like leather shoe was found in a cave in Armenia. A 5,500 years old footwear was stuffed with grass and covered with a sheep waste. which helped to preserve it well. The right foot shoe is size 7 in the US and belonged to a woman.
2. A 5,000 year old chewing gum
Chewing gum was also popular among the Neolithic people of Finland. A British student discovered a piece of birch bark tar some 5,000 years old at the excavation site in 1993. The Neolithic people believed that birch tree tar had antiseptic qualities and could treat teeth and gum-related infections.
1. A 70 millennia old bracelet
In 2008, Russian archeologists discovered what it is thought to be the oldest piece of jewelry in the world — some 70,000 years old bracelet. It was unearthed in a cave in Siberia and believed to belong to humans of Denisovan culture. The bracelet has drilled holes -scientists still cannot explain how a culture that is almost 100,000 years old could have a drilling technology that would not have been developed until at least late Neolithic period. Nevertheless, the bracelet is made of chlorite that gives it an exceptionally beautiful green color.
Bonus: 5,000-year-old hugging lovers
The Lovers of Valdaro, or the “Valdaro Lovers,” were discovered at a Neolithic tomb in San Giorgio near Mantua, Italy. Archaeologists immediately established the fact that one of these skeletons is male and the other is female. Also, they both were no older than 20 years old when they were buried. The burial was estimated to be between 5,000 and 6,000 years ago. The cause of death of the couple is still unclear, but scientists can definitely say that there was no evidence of a violent death.
Interesting facts, don’t you think? Every few minutes in the world, somebody is making a great discovery. Maybe you know or found something that we don’t know about! Share your thoughts in the comments!