The strangeness and creativity of modern goods today will not surprise anyone. True, each country has its own fashion preferences and its own demand for certain goods. But what do you think, what things did people use in ancient times? You will be surprised that many items have remained virtually unchanged since ancient times. This clearly proves that modern people, in comparison with those who lived in antiquity and in the Middle Ages, are not so different.
We all brush our teeth, right? Well, that’s what people did 350 years ago in England
For oral hygiene, they used this toothbrush, tooth powder, and tongue scraper. As you can see, toothbrushes haven’t changed much since the 18th century. Did you know?
Do you like to play chess, checkers, or board games? Yes? Well, 3500 years ago, the Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamen also loved these entertainments.
He was even buried with this game table, which can be used to play senet. Some scholars believe that this may be the oldest board game, where you need to move chips around the board.
Children’s clothing 600 years ago did not differ much in appearance from today
Modern parents love to dress their children in beautiful clothes, right? Well, parents 600 years ago did the same and put their children in this overalls-like vest with socks and mittens to keep them warm and protect them from the cold. Yes, old children’s clothes look unpresentable in the photo. But this does not mean that at that time they could not sew beautiful things. Believe me, when this garment was brand new, it looked just as good as fashion items in some inexpensive showroom.
In the old days, people also had beautiful tableware
Each of us has good dishes that we like to take out when guests arrive. So did people in China during the Ming Dynasty, about 600 years ago, put beautiful dishes on the table, which at that time were made no worse (if not better) than they are today.
This plate dates from around 1572-17620. A dish with a red overglaze painting in the center depicts a scientist and his assistants against the background of a landscape under a wide border of leaves, birds, and flowers.
250+ years ago, people were already using beautiful glass glasses and wine glasses
Does the glass in the photo look familiar? No, this is not a modern glass bought from Ikea. Such dishes were used in Spain in the 18th century. Approximately 250 years ago.
Prosthetic limbs are not a 21st-century invention. People used them 500 years ago
The 16th-century German imperial knight Götz von Berlichingen had an iron prosthetic arm that he used in combat, much like the one pictured above. In 1504, the knight lost his right arm in one of the battles. So that Goetz could remain in the ranks, he was given a metal prosthesis. Here is the first iron hand of Berlichingen, made for him by an unknown craftsman shortly after the unsuccessful battle of 1504:
People 1000 years ago made cool earrings!
Does your girlfriend wear earrings? Most likely, yes, like many girls. People did the same thing 1000 years ago in Iran. Moreover, already in the 11th and 12th centuries, earrings of stunning beauty were made there, which, in their coolness, noticeably surpass modern consumer goods.
Ancient Rome wore sandals that are very similar to modern ones
All over the world, it is still fashionable and practical to wear sandals in summer. In the photo above you can see the sandals worn in Ancient Rome. If they had remained unchanged to this day, then on the store shelf in 2022 you would hardly have distinguished such shoes from modern ones.
People in antiquity were as inventive and skillful as (if not better) than today
People in ancient times were very similar to us (only without smartphones). They invented, invented, made, and dreamed of things similar to us.
For example, how do you like the amazing-looking 800-900-year-old skull covered with turquoise mosaic in the photo above? Most likely, this is the god Tezcatlipoca, made by the ancient Mesoamerican people, whose heyday was in what is now Southern Mexico from 1500 BC. e. before 1500 AD e.