13th century shoe found in Magdeburg

Archaeologists have discovered a well-preserved sheepskin shoe dating to the 13th century at a dig near Magdeburg, Germany. “Shoe finds of this type from the Gothic period occur very seldom in Central Europe,” said Heiko Breuer, an antiquities restoration expert from the State Museum for Prehistory Saxony-Anhalt in Halle. (photo)

The condition of the shoe will allow researchers to study shoemaking methods of the period. “The materials were pulled taught on a block, sewn together and turned for the production of the seam – from there, the wings turned around and formed into a shoe,” said Breuer