Prehistoric Cave Shoes Unearthed by Spanish Miners, Scientists Examine in New Study
Mining operations in Spain recently revealed artifacts from the past, in the form of a set of footwear that dates back millennia.
Mining operations in Spain recently revealed artifacts from the past, in the form of a set of footwear that dates back millennia. Scientists have taken a closer look at the material, which is believed to have been produced and worn by ancient humans.
The discovery was made by miners in the Cantabrian region of Spain, who stumbled upon the artifacts while going about their work. Excavations of the area revealed the presence of eight shoe-like objects, made from leather and fabric.
In a study published by a team of scientists, the artifacts of prehistoric origin have been examined in detail. After conducting several tests on the ancient items, they concluded that they were used by humans to protect their feet over seven thousand years ago, during the Neolithic Era.
The shape and design of the items suggest that they were tailored to fit the feet of the wearer, as opposed to being one-size-fits all items of clothing. This implies that there may have been a diverse range of sizes available at the time.
The researchers also noted the presence of an interesting material, which was used to line the inside of the shoes. Upon closer inspection, they realized that it was a type of plant fiber, which may have been used to keep the feet warm.
This latest find adds to the evidence that ancient humans were already developing sophisticated technology and societies before the Bronze Age, and it detracts from the idea that they were a primitive species. The discovery of these shoe-like objects lends credence to the idea that the humans of the Neolithic age were just as capable as their successors.