24 October 2023, 10:29

A 2,000-year-old decorated Roman sandal was found by Spanish archaeologists

A 2,000-year-old decorated Roman sandal was found by Spanish archaeologists
In the world of archaeology, every discovery can rewrite history and reveal new circumstances from the life of ancient civilizations. This is what happened with a find in Spain — a 2,000-year-old Roman sandal. This find allows us to look into the features of the appearance of the inhabitants of the Roman Empire.

The discovery of a 2,000-year-old Roman sandal took place in the Roman city of Lucus Asturum in northern Spain in 2021. Archaeologists were conducting planned excavations at a site known for its historical significance and came across well-preserved Roman footwear.
In order to get the find, archaeologists were forced to go down into the well. It was amazing, because among the Roman relics lying here for centuries, they came across the lost shoes of a man who had once tried to clean a well.

This ancient sandal is unlike any other Roman shoe that has been discovered so far. Its design demonstrates the Romans' penchant for fashion and sophistication. It had a number of decorative motifs — complex patterns that included circles, ovals, and falcon-like figures. According to archaeologists, no more than 20 Roman sandals have been preserved in all of Spain, and this is the only decorated example.

The craftsmanship used to create the sandal is evident in the level of detail present in these motifs. The fine workmanship is a testament to the skill and dedication of the artisans of the time.

The researchers also noted the state of preservation of these shoes. Not the last role was played by being in the mud that settled at the bottom of the well. It created an anaerobic environment, preventing the growth of microorganisms and helping to maintain the condition of the sandal.
It was also possible to discover part of a wooden well cover, a tiled floor for draining sludge, several jugs, seeds, chestnuts, pine nuts, molluscs, remains of domestic and wild fauna, a bronze cauldron, and a small metal ring.

After the completion of the restoration work, the ancient Roman shoes and other finds were planned to be exhibited in the Asturias Archaeological Museum.

As archaeologists continue to study these finds, we can look forward to discovering new mysteries.


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