29 Jun '12, 12pm
World's Oldest Purse Unearthed—And It's Studded With Hundreds of Dog Teeth!
German archaeologists have unearthed what may be the remains of the world’s oldest handbag. Although the purse itself, which was likely made of leather or linen, has long succumbed to decay, an outer flap comprising more than 100 dog teeth remains perfectly preserved. The teeth—sharp canines all—were probably a form of embellishment, according to Susanne Friederich of the Sachsen-Anhalt State Archaeology and Preservation Office . “Over the years the leather or fabric disappeared, and all that’s left is the teeth,” she told National Geographic on Wednesday. “They’re all pointing in the same direction, so it looks a lot like a modern handbag flap.”