Oldest Artifacts of Everyday Things [Shirt, Pant, Shoes, Prescription, Shopping List]

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Oldest Dress [3500 B.C]

The Tarkhan Dress
The Tarkhan Dress – Oldest dress in the world

The “Tarkhan Dress,” named for the town in Egypt where it was found in 1913, has endured more than 5000 years. Scholars have determined that the very finely made linen apparel dates to between 3482 and 3103 B.C., making it the world’s oldest woven garment.

The shoulders and sleeves have been finely pleated to give form-fitting trimness while allowing the wearer room to move. The small fringe formed during weaving along one edge of the cloth has been placed by the designer to decorate the neck opening and side seam.

The Tarkhan Dress likely was worn by a young or slim female member of the royal court, and then placed in the tomb as a funerary object. Although the bottom does not survive, it may once have been full-length.
The dress has provided people with a real sense of the antiquity and longevity of the ancient Egyptian state and society

Oldest Pant

Oldest Pant in history
Oldest Pant in history

Jeans may have been invented in 1873, but these trousers beat that date by a long shot. A pair of wool pants was recently discovered in a graveyard in western China’s Tarim Basin dating back to around 3,300 years ago. They’re the oldest pants archaeologists have ever found. The ancient pants were created for horse-riding, and it shows in the design. 

The two people who were buried wearing pants were likely prestigious warriors who functioned like policemen and wore trousers while riding on horseback. “The trousers were part of their uniform and the fact that they were made between 100 and 200 years apart means it was a standard, traditional design

Oldest Shoes

Areni Shoes the oldest shoes in world
Areni Shoes the oldest shoes in world

The Areni-1 shoe is a 5,500-year-old leather shoe that was found in 2008 in excellent condition in the Areni-1 cave located in Armenia.It is a one-piece leather-hide shoe, the oldest piece of leather footwear in the world known to contemporary researchers.

The shoe was found upside down at the base of a shallow, rounded, and plastered pit beneath an overturned broken ceramic bowl.The shoe was found in near-perfect conditions due to the cool and dry weather conditions in the cave and a thick layer of sheep dung which acted as a solid seal.

The shoe contained grass inside and which is believed to used as insulation to keep the foot warm. It could not determine whether the shoe belonged to a man or a woman. The shoelaces were preserved as well.

Oldest Prescription

Oldest Medical Prescription
Oldest Medical Prescription

At least 5000 years old this small Clay tablet of ancient Mesopotamia inscribed a recipe for stopping severe diarrhea. Prescription in this tablet is given in a sort of unique way it is therein prescribed how and in what successive doses the medication should be taken. It arguably makes it more worthy.

The prescription reads

Crush and mix kittaturru and bottle-gourd and stir it with 100 ml billatu-beer. Then take a sip of non-mixed billatu-beer equal to two date stones. Then take a sip of billatu-beer which was mixed and prepared with the drugs. A tried and tested medication

  • 1 In order to hold back [diarrhea]:
  • 2-6 You crush together […]-tu, kittaturru, [… of] kittaturru and bottle-gourd? ,stir (the mixture) and stir it through one-tenth of a liter of fine billatu-beer.
  • 6-8 First takes a sip in the amount of two date stones of fine billatu-beer that has nothing admitted.
  • 9-10 After that drink the fine billatu-beer which was mixed with the drugs, then
  • 11-12 severe diarrhea that could not be held back will be held back.
  • 13 A tried and tested medication.

Sumerian medical tablet (2400 BC), ancient city of Nippur. Lists 15 prescriptions used by a pharmacist. Library of Ashurbanipal.

Oldest Shopping List

Shopping List Clay Tablet

The shopping list clay tablet dated back to the reign of the Sumerian Ur III Dynasty of 2028 B.C.  The tablet represents a day-in-the-life of ancient Sumeria, demonstrating how moistened clay tablets became the “pocket note-pad” of the period, recording many aspects of daily life, from love letters and shopping lists to financial transactions and legal documents. In this case, the tablet lists an inventory of luxury items that offer a brief vignette of life at the local temple.


“6 pairs of *** linen and green-yellow leather boots.
17 pairs of *** boots
7 pairs of soft green-yellow boots
1 pair of dyed gall-nut leather boots
15 pairs of green-yellow leather sandals
10 pairs of soft green-yellow leather sandals

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