The oldest shoes in the world are a collection of sagebrush sandals discovered in a cave near Fort Rock, Oregon. The sandals were covered by a deep layer of volcanic ash and have been carbon-dated as over ten-thousand years old. Near to the cave in which the sandals were discovered is Fort Rock, a cylindrical rock formation created by an ancient volcano. This circular rock form was home to a people who boated on what was then a lake and formed the sandals out of the bark of sagebrush bushes.
The sandals are similar to the Spanish rope sandals known as espadrilles and are simple yet ingenious. The surrounding area is a high desert now. Little populated, there are no visible markers to signify that this area was home to one of the oldest civilizations being studied. But other signs exist: millions of shards of obsidian cluster around nearby hot springs- a testament to the arrowhead making necessary to hunt marsh birds.
Also, back in the surrounding desolate hills that once were green and lush, are rock pictographs. These stand as mute testimony to the existence of this group of people who vanished into the mists of time as the surrounding climate changed slowly to inhospitable desert.
Even today this area has not been fully explored and out undoubtedly in the dry mountains lie more artifacts, preserved by the dust of volcanoes and the dry climate. Across the world, thousands of little such pockets must exist- tantalizing treasures that give us a breathtaking view on the past and a sense of our own scale in the larger scheme of things.