Folding chair has ancient roots

Future filmmakers of movies about barbarians may have to trade their traditional rock-and-fur decor for a Coleman camping stool.

Wooden folding stools with hide seats have been found in northern Germany dating back 4,000 years. Some of the chairs had metal end caps and other expensive details.

Stools like these are well known in ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, but researchers have been surprised by their reach so far north. There has been speculation that the stools evolved independently from the ones in the Middle East, but most think they are copies of Egyptian work. [photo]