Most people don’t know that the sun is actually a lot harsher on the eyes in snowy, cold areas rather than scorching hot deserts. The Inuits were more than aware of this fact, as they trudged through snowy regions more than 4,000 years ago.
Back then, Inuits couldn’t just stroll into a Ray-Ban store and pick up a pair of sunglasses. So they carved their own out of various rocks and wooden objects. These sunglasses worked in principle, as they helped limit the sun’s exposure to their eyes. Unfortunately, they also severely limited the wearer’s line of sight, which often resulted in some very unfortunate accidents.
A 16th-Century Ring
Rings were a common piece of jewelry dating back more than 5,000 years ago. While they were mostly used as ornaments to symbolize wealth, some have used them as a way to conceal things. This aesthetic 16th-century ring actually folds into a series of smaller rings.
These rings create an astronomical sphere, which is a remarkable achievement considering it was made more than five centuries ago. The identity of the ring maker has not yet been discovered, but it's believed that the ring was originally crafted in Asia.
Vikings were warrior-like seafarers Norseman that raided and took over villages all over Europe between the 8th and 11th centuries. When most people hear the word Viking, they may picture Ragnarök or funerals that involve a ship being set on fire and sent out to sea.
In recent years, scientists have discovered quite a few artifacts that they believe belonged to the Vikings. These artifacts, which include bows and arrows, shoe parts, and even reindeer traps, have mainly been found throughout Norway. Among the treasures were skis, which they used to get around more quickly throughout the frozen lands.
The Astana Tomb Boot
These boots were found in China, and they are about 1500 years old. Recently, Chinese archeological researchers have begun working on restoring the boots that were found in the Astana Tombs in China.
The boots are only 24cm long, made from goat's skin, and animal sinew was used for sewing all of the parts together. Over 300 pieces of leather clothing and shoes have been found in these Tombs, of which most have been restored and preserved.
The mask was found in a tomb, and because of its gold and silver lavishing design, it most likely belonged to a member of the elite. It is uncertain were the mask was actually made and there are assumptions that, at the time, many masked of this sort were produced in Syria for the Romans.