Areni-1 cave complex

Areni-1 cave
Արենի-1 քարանձավ

Panorama of the Areni-1 site along the Arpa River
Shown within Armenia
Location Vayots Dzor Province, Armenia
Coordinates 39°43′53″N 45°12′13″E / 39.73139°N 45.20361°E / 39.73139; 45.20361Coordinates: 39°43′53″N 45°12′13″E / 39.73139°N 45.20361°E / 39.73139; 45.20361
Periods Chalcolithic

The Areni-1 cave complex (Armenian: Արենիի քարանձավ) is a cave in the Areni village of southern Armenia along the Arpa River. In 2010, it was announced that the earliest known shoe was found in the cave.[1] In January 2011, the earliest known winery in the world was announced to have been found.[2] Also in 2011, the discovery of a straw skirt dating to 3900 BC was reported.[3] In 2009, the oldest brain was discovered.[4]


See also


  1. "The first leather shoe,". CNN. Retrieved January 11, 2011.
  2. Owen, James. "Earliest Known Winery Found in Armenian Cave." National Geographic. January 10, 2011. Retrieved January 14, 2011.
  3. "5,900-year-old women's skirt discovered in Armenian cave". News Armenia. September 13, 2011. Retrieved September 14, 2011.
  4. Bower, Bruce (12 January 2009). "Armenian cave yields ancient human brain". ScienceNews.
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