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World's Oldest Purse Decorated with a Hundred Dog Teeth

Photo: Klaus Bentele/LDA Halle

Talk about a biting sense of style. Researchers have discovered the world's oldest purse, decorated with hundreds of dog teeth:

Excavators at a site near Leipzig (map) uncovered more than a hundred dog teeth arranged close together in a grave dated to between 2,500 and 2,200 B.C.

According to archaeologist Susanne Friederich, the teeth were likely decorations for the outer flap of a handbag.

"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," said Friederich, of the Sachsen-Anhalt State Archaeology and Preservation Office.

Link - via Incredible Things and Ecouterre

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