World's oldest handbag found in Germany

Published: 28th June 2012

World's oldest handbag found in Germany
Archaeologists in Germany claim to have found the world's oldest purse, excavated from a site near Leipzig.

This Stone Age handbag was found in a grave dated to between 2,500 and 2,200 BC, according to the National Geographic and was decorated with more than a hundred dog teeth, giving it a very distinctive appearance.

Archaeologist Susanne Friederich explained that these teeth were probably covering the outer flap of the bag.

"Over the years the leather or fabric disappeared, and all that's left is the teeth. They're all pointing in the same direction, so it looks a lot like a modern handbag flap," she told the publication.

The item was found during excavations of a 250-acre site, which could become an open-pit coal mine by 2015.

Other finds include stone tools, spear points, ceramic vessels, bone buttons and an amber necklace.

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