Some people have difficulties tossing old stuff out. Whether it’s an emotional attachment or just pure laziness, our homes are often cluttered with stuff we never use, but we still keep “just in case.”
But let’s go further than that. Let’s go back in the past to the origins of some very common items we still use every day.
1. Flushing toilets
Toilets, in the beginning, were just a little more than holes in the ground, sometimes accompanied by running water. But remnants of the first flushing system have been discovered in Crete, and they date from 2800 BC! The Greeks sure were ahead of the times…
2. Surgical tools
Immagine living 5000 years ago and someone operating on you with that monstrosity! Luckily, it’s not used in surgical procedures anymore.
While the ancients might have thought a purse covered in dog’s teeth looked fancy, I sure am glad it’s not a trend that has stayed to this day.
The Egyptians were the first to invent the technology of prosthetics. For example, this photo shows a prosthetic toe that seems to have been functional. And it was made more than 3000 years ago.
It would be any coin collector’s dream to own a 2,700-year-old coin like this one.
6. Road signs
The Romans were the first to use milestones as a way to note directions or distances. Noting the distance I get, but why the direction? I thought all roads led to Rome…
Not even the ladies of the ancient times were spared the necessity of using a bra, judging by this sample manufactured around 1,390 AD.
8. Musical Instruments
Music has a way of taking us to a happy place. Musical instruments have been around for 40,000 years! Here is a flute made from vulture bones!
Do you need arch support? Well, maybe this 5,500 years old shoe isn’t for you, but considering when it was made it offers an interesting glimpse into the past. And you know how it was preserved to this day? Two words. Sheep. Dung.
Egyptians apparently are also the pioneers of socks, as well. They’ve been using socks at least since 2,500 years ago as a way to protect their feet from the wooden splinters from their shoes.
Worshipping the statues of deities is a tradition as old as time. This one is the Venus of Hohle and it probably is a representation of the goddess of fertility.
12. Bound books
Books might just be the greatest treasure in the world, and thanks to the Romans who started binding them with leather, we now know a lot more about our past.
These are the oldest discovered pants. They are 3,000 years old and belonged to a tribe of horse riders from Central Asia. And look at those decorations! Such attention to detail.
14. Chewing gum
People have been chewing gum in many forms since the Stone Age, whether it was beech bark or tobacco leaves. This is a photo of a sample that is more than 5,000 years old.
This is a clay tablet which contains the first recorded recipes. It shows how to make beer. The Sumerians believed their god Enki bestowed this recipe upon them and beer was the national beverage of Sumer!
This is a globe carved on two halves of ostrich eggs then joined together. Its origin is uncertain, but it is believed it might have been manufactured in Florence, and maybe even in Leonardo da Vinci’s workshop.
Well, technically they are snow goggles. Made by the Inuit almost 2,000 years ago, they serve to reduce the light reflected by the snow.
These are remains of the Fasti Praenestini, the original Roman calendar. It dates from some time at the beginning of the Common Era.
Roads were necessary to facilitate the movement of troops and the exchange of goods. The Roman roads were so well made, that some of them can still be used today.
20. Sheet music
The ancients also had ways of writing down music. This is a sheet music from 3,400 years ago. The song is called Hymn of Nikal. I guess they weren’t really the rocky kind of people.
It is to the Romans that we owe thanks for this great invention. I can’t even imagine how awful it would be having no sewers…
Who knows how many front doors were busted down by paperboys delivering the morning paper.
Concrete was first discovered by the Romans. It was used to rebuild Rome after Nero burned it down. You’ll notice the Roman teens were much better behaved than the present ones since no one’s graffitied this concrete wall.
So how about you? Do you have a relic of the ancient times? Something passed down from generation to generation? Do tell!