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18th-century tannery unearthed in Montreal

A tannery dating back to the 18th-century has been unearthed during construction in Montreal. Monday's discovery comes about a year after archaeologists found dozens of 18th century artifacts, including bottles and leather-working tools. Dinu Bumbaru, policy director with Heritage Montreal, says that at the time, the area was an important area for

Painted leather found in Iran’s Burnt City

A piece of painted leather has been found in the 5,200-year-old Burnt City in southeastern Iran. A team of archaeologists led by Professor Seyyed Mansur Sajjadi has unearthed the leather during the new season of excavation currently underway at the site. “Due to extensive corrosion, some experts and the archaeologists are trying

Leather chariot fragments rediscovered in museum storeroom

A collection of 300 leather fragments belonging to an Egyptian Old Kingdom royal chariot have been rediscovered in the storerooms of the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. Ikram describes the discovery as very important and the collection as “extremely rare.” Only a handful of complete chariots are known from ancient Egypt, and

Leather chariot trappings rediscovered in Egypt

Researchers working in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo have redisovered in a forgotten drawer extremely well preserved leather trappings for a chariot. Veldmejier says that El Gawad called him to the museum and showed him “layer upon layer” of leather. “It’s a gorgeous find,” he says. “What was in the picture,

Medieval ovens and tanneries found in England

Clay ovens and leather tanneries which date from the 12th to 16th centures has been unearthed in Bury St. Edmunds, England. The Warren Map of 1740 showed the area to be fields - so this is the first evidence of previous development. Alongside the clay ovens, the archaeologists have found a series

Medieval shoes and pottery found at grain mill

Medieval shoes, pottery and timber beams have been found at the site of a grain mill in Ireland. “There was very little development in this area in the 1300s. It was just fields. We had just been scratching at it for a day or so though and we noticed there was

The world’s oldest leather shoe

The world's oldest known leather shoe, which dates back 5,500 years, has been found in a cave in Armenia. Stuffed with grass, perhaps as an insulator or an early shoe tree, the 5,500-year-old moccasin-like shoe was found exceptionally well preserved—thanks to a surfeit of sheep dung—during a recent dig in