Archeologists working in Armenia believe they have uncovered the world’s oldest skirt. This is the same location in Armenia where the world’s oldest shoe was found. It was 4500 years old.
The 5,900-year-old garment discovery was reported by the head of the Institute of Archeology and Ethnography in Yerevan, Pavel Avetisian. The researcher indicated at a news conference held on Tuesday that the uncovered piece of skirt could be the world’s oldest piece of reed clothing ever discovered.
The skirt fragment, made from reeds, was found while the archeologists were working a dig in the Areni-1 cave located in the southeastern part of Armenia.
Areni-1 cave is located in the village of Areni, a village in the Vayots Dzor province and part of the Fertile Crescent region of Armenia. The area, known for its great wine country, located in between the areas of Nakhichevan and Ararat, which runs along the Turkey border.
Boris Gasparian, another Armenian archaeologist working at the site with the group made up of Armenian, U.S. and Irish scientists, had also found a mummified goat that they believe is roughly 5,900 years old as well.
If their estimates prove correct, the mummified goat found in Armenia is more than 1,000 years older than many of the mummified animals that have been discovered in Egypt.
The joint international excavation has been an ongoing effort to understand and restore the ancient historical and archeological past of Armenia since 2007 and has already yielded a number of incredible finds besides the skirt and mummified goat, such as Copper Age artifacts that date back between 6,200 to 5,900 years ago.
The skirt findings in southeastern Armenia come almost a year and a half after a leather shoe, believed to be the world’s oldest at 5,500 years old, was also found in the same country and same location as the skirt.