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The world’s oldest purse found in Germany

Evidence of the world’s oldest discovered purse, studded with over a hundred dog teeth, has been found in Germany.

Excavators at a site near Leipzig uncovered more than a hundred dog teeth arranged close together in a grave dated to between 2,500 and 2,200 B.C.

According to archaeologist Susanne Friederich, the teeth were likely decorations for the outer flap of a handbag.

“Over the years the leather or fabric disappeared, and all that’s left is the teeth. They’re all pointing in the same direction, so it looks a lot like a modern handbag flap,” said Friederich, of the Sachsen-Anhalt State Archaeology and Preservation Office.

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Story: Andrew Curry, National Geographic News | Photo: Klaus Bentele, LDA Halle

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