2,000-year-old Egyptian shoes found in temple walls

Published on March 1st, 2013 | by Admin

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Seven leather shoes dating back 2,000 years have been found in the walls of a temple built for Amenhotep II.

even shoes were deposited in a jar in an Egyptian temple in Luxor, three pairs and a single one. Two pairs were originally worn by children and were only about 7 inches (18 centimeters) long. Using palm fiber string, the child shoes were tied together within the single shoe (it was larger and meant for an adult) and put in the jar. Another pair of shoes, more than 9 inches (24 cm) long that had been worn by a limping adult, was also inserted in the jar.

The shoe-filled jar, along with two other jars, had been “deliberately placed in a small space between two mudbrick walls,” writes archaeologist Angelo Sesana in a report published in the journal Memnonia.

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Story: Owen Jarus, LiveScience | Photo: Franco M. Giani

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