17 Of The World’s Oldest Surviving Things That We Actually Still Use Today

Where would we be without the invention of socks, toilets, sunglasses, purses and even condoms?

All of these seemingly trivial yet essential everyday items are things that we could never imagine going without.

Our ancient ancestors were headed in the right direction when they created these necessary items thousands of years ago.

Oldest Socks (1,500 years old)

These Egyptian wool socks, designed to go with sandals, were knitted between 300 and 499 AD and found in the 19th century. (Image credits: wikipedia.org)

Oldest Written Recipe (5,000 years old)

“A Sumerian Beer recipe dating back to 3000 BC. The result beer is very strong and would contain chunks of bread floating around in it.” (Image credits: imgur.com)

Oldest Shoe (5,500 years old)

This 5,500-year-old cowhide moccasin was found in a cave in Armenia, preserved by grass and dry sheep dung. The left shoe was not found. (Image credits: news.nationalgeographic.com)

Oldest Instrument (40,000 years old)

This 40,000-year-old vulture-bone flute was found in southern Germany. Some scientists believe that music may have given our ancestors a strategic advantage over Neanderthals. (Image credits: nytimes.com)

Oldest Pants (3,300 years old)

The oldest pair of pants in the world is 3,300 years old, and it was found in Western China. (Image credits: M Wagner/German Archaeological Institute)

Oldest “Flush” Toilets (2,000 years old)

Ephesus, an ancient city in Turkey, had “flushing” toilets. Running water below the seats carried waste away into a nearby river. (Image credits: chroniclesoflindsay.blogspot.com)

Oldest Brassiere (500 years old)

This bra was used between 1390 and 1485 in Austria. Earlier historical descriptions for “breast bags” do exist, but they had never been seen. (Image credits: theatlantic.com)

Oldest Chewing Gum (5,000 years old)

This chewing gum from Finland was chewed at least 5,000 years ago. The gum consists of birch bark, and was most likely used to heal mouth infections or to use as glue. (Image credits: metro.co.uk)

Oldest Prosthetic (3,000 years old)

This 3,000-year-old prosthetic was used to help someone in Egypt walk again. Tests carried out with a replica proved that it was a working, practical prosthetic, not just a cosmetic one. (Image credits: bbc.com)

Oldest Purse (4,500 years old)

These dog teeth are all that remain of a disintegrated purse from roughly 4,500 years ago found in Germany. They were likely part of the outer flap. (Image credits: Klaus Bentele, LDA Halle)

Oldest Coin (2,700 years old)

The oldest known coin was found in the ancient Hellenic city of Efesos in Turkey. Its one (and only) decorated side features a lion’s head. (Image credits: fleur-de-coin.com)

The Oldest Recorded Melody (3,400 years old)

The oldest surviving written melody was found in Ugarit, which is now part of Northern Syria. The music was written for the lyre. (Image credits: ancientlyre.com)

Oldest Globe (510 years old)
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This old globe was painstakingly etched into the surface of an ostrich egg in Italy. Before its age and origin were verified, it had been sold to its current owner at a map fair in London in 2012. (Image credits: Washington Map Society)

Oldest C*ndom (370 years old)

This was actually made of sheepskin and was used in 1640 in Sweden. It’s also reusable and came with instructions (in Latin) to clean it with warm milk to prevent users from catching STDs. (Image credits: genreauthor.blogspot.com)

Oldest Sunglasses (800 years old)

The world’s oldest sunglasses were discovered on Baffin Island in Canada. They were snow goggles, designed to reduce the sun’s glare reflecting from the snow. (Image credits: canadacool.com)

Oldest Sculpture Of A Human Form (35,000 – 40,000 years old)

At 35,000-40,000 years old, Venus of Hohle is the oldest statue depicting a human figure. This mammoth-ivory figurine was found in Germany. (Image credits:wikipedia.org)

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