Explore the Amazing History Behind 10 of the World's Most Aged and Unforgettable Discoveries

By Anurag kataria

Oldest Chewed Gum

Archaeologists discovered 9,000-year-old chewing gum with the tooth marks of a stone age teenager. The resin that gave the dark-colored gum its sweetness was honey. An excavation site outside of Ellos, western Sweden, yielded the discovery. The oldest broken gum

Oldest Prosthetic

The earliest prosthetic found on a mummified body of an ancient Egyptian woman in Cairo is a false toe from 950 B.C. Experts believe that the "Cairo Toe," which was made of leather and wood, was also used for practical walking.

Oldest Footwear

In 2008, an excellently preserved 5,500-year-old leather shoe was discovered in the Armenian Areni-1 cave. The Areni-1 shoe is the oldest piece of leather footwear that researchers have found.

Oldest Wooden Statue

The world's earliest known wooden sculpture is the Shigir Idol. The sculpture, which researchers discovered to have been carved during the Mesolithic period, is 11,500 years old and may have stood more than 5 meters (16 feet) tall.

Oldest Masks

This collection of sixteen Neolithic stone masks is 9,000 years old and was discovered in Israel's Judean hills. The masks range in height from 11 to 12 inches. They are thought to have been used in ancestral ceremonies by early farmers.

Oldest Woven Dress

The Tarkhan Dress, discovered in Egypt in 1913, is confirmed to be the world's oldest surviving piece of woven clothing. Researchers say that the dress was probably worn by a royal woman.

Oldest Written Song

No. 1 of the Hurrian Hymns 6 is the world's oldest surviving work of notated music. It was written on a clay tablet that was found in the Syrian city of Ugarit, which is now known as Ras Shamra. The tablet, which is about 1,400 B.C. old, has an entire hymn dedicated to Nikkal, the wife of the moon god.

Oldest Unopened Wine Bottle

The sealed container known as the Speyer wine bottle is thought to contain wine and was given its name after an excavation site near Speyer, Germany. It is thought to be the oldest bottle of wine ever discovered, dating back to the fourth century.

Oldest Emoji

The discovery of a Hittite pot with a smiley painted on it, which dates back 3700 years, suggests that history may have claimed the famous smiley face. It was discovered while researchers were looking into a site in Turkey from 1700 BC.

Oldest Customer Service Complaint

This nearly 4,000-year-old clay tablet comes from the ancient Sumerian city-state of Ur in Mesopotamia, which is now Iraq. As a result, it is the oldest documented customer complaint. The message is sent by Nanni, a man, to Ea-Nasir, a merchant.