Sandal, 5,000 year-old, unearthed in Germany

11th March 2009, Comments 0 comments

The Stone Age footwear -- European size 36 (or size four in Britain) -- was made of wood and dates back to around 2,900 BC.

Berlin -- German archaeologists have uncovered an amazingly well-preserved 5,000-year-old sandal in mud under Lake Constance, close to the Swiss border, authorities said Tuesday.

The Stone Age footwear -- European size 36 (or size four in Britain) -- was made of wood and dates back to around 2,900 BC, Stuttgart city council said.

"Even in the Stone Age, Lake Constance was the best place to live," quipped Johannes Schmalzl, head of Stuttgart's city council, who presented the find.

The sandal is of similar archaeological significance to fragments of clothing once worn by Oetzi, the 5,000-year old man whose frozen body was discovered in a glacier in the nearby Alps in 1991, he added.

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