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‘Prehistoric footwear’ was discovered in Spanish cave by miners, scientists reveal in new study

What may have been the oldest pair of shoes in Europe were discovered in a cave in Spain and are now thought to be much older than scientists previously thought.

About 20 pairs of the sandals are at least 6,200 years old — and possibly older — while other woven objects in the cave are dated back 9,500 years, according to a new study by scientists.

The shoes measured around 20.5cm — or a little over 8 inches. 

However, the oldest footwear in the world dating back approximately 10,000 years was found in Fort Rock, Oregon, back in 1938.

The Fort Rock Sandals, as they are known by researchers, are housed at the Museum of Natural and Cultural History at the University of Oregon in Eugene, according to the Bend Bulletin. They were made from sagebrush bark and other fibers.

The Fort Rock Sandals were found under a layer of volcanic ash that came from the Mount Mazama eruption 7,700 years ago, the same source indicated.

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Maureen Mackey is managing editor of lifestyle for Fox News Digital.


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