Scientists in Italy’s Dolomite mountains have unveiled what they believe to be the world’s oldest snowshoe.
The snowshoe was discovered by chance on the Gurgler Eisjoch glacier, close to Italy’s border with Austria
Carbon-dating has shown that the rudimentary snow shoe, made of birch wood and twine, was made in the late Neolithic age, between 3,800 and 3,700 BC.
“It is the oldest snowshoe in the world so far discovered, dating to around 5,800 years ago,” scientists said in a statement.
It was discovered by chance at an altitude of 3,134 metres (10,280ft) on the Gurgler Eisjoch glacier, close to Italy’s border with Austria.
The ice and freezing temperatures of the glacier had provided “ideal conditions for the preservation of organic material,” the researchers said.
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