A 1,700-Year-Old Sock Was Unearthed In A Dump, And Experts Are Unraveling Its Colorful Secrets

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Image: British Museum
Image: British Museum

Ancient civilizations in Egypt left behind countless treasures, but an early-20th-century dig in Antinoopolis uncovered something uniquely incredible: a sock. Granted, such a common accessory might not seem to represent an exciting discovery. But this one was found to be 1,700 years old, and its fibers have an amazing story to tell.

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Image: ketrin1407

Conventional Egyptian chronology marks the start of Ancient Egyptian civilization at around 3100 B.C. From then until the end of this period in the country’s history – it lasted until 646 B.C. – the Egyptians continually made the most of their resources to grow their population and improve their lifestyles.

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Image: OSU Special Collections & Archives : Commons
Image: OSU Special Collections & Archives : Commons

For example, the Egyptians began using the routine flooding of the Nile River to their advantage. They came up with ways to irrigate crops and funnel floodwaters so that they produced crops in excess. This, in turn, allowed a larger population to grow and thrive – and build a storied culture of their own.

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