In the beginning there was leather!
Use Exactly when humans first started working leather is unknown because even the hardiest, most well-preserved samples will eventually decompose. However, 40,000-year-old Neanderthal deer-bone tools found in the Dordogne region of France are thought to have been used to soften leather and make it shiny. Researchers have compared them with tools still used in the leather trade today and, by using them in the same way, managed to create the same ridges found on the prehistoric specimens. If the hypothesis is accurate, this dates leather-making to the dawn of modern humans who overlapped Neanderthals at this time. A more clear-cut example of leather-working was discovered in 2008 by an Armenian excavation team in the Areni-1 cave complex. In the cool, insulated interior of the caves, undergraduate Diana Zardaryan found a complete leather shoe made from a single piece of leather. It was later dated to around 3,500 B.C., the earliest piece of leather footwear ever discovered. A slightly later example (around 3,200 B.C.) was worn by Otzi the Iceman, Europe’s oldest mummy.
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