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Oldest insole found in Zug

The world's oldest insole has been found in Zug


Archaeologists in central Switzerland say they have discovered the oldest insole in the world. Made of moss, it is believed to have been part of a man's footwear some 5,200 years ago.

The archaeology unit of Canton Zug said the insole was found last year during excavations of a Neolithic settlement in the town of Zug, adding that it took months to identify and date the object.

Twenty-five centimetres long, the archaeologists said it was made for a leather shoe which today would be size 38 (US men's size six).

They said they were amazed that a thin piece of moss had survived for so long.

swissinfo with agencies

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