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Canadian Glacier Yields Aboriginal Moccasin

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Canadian Glacier Yields Aboriginal Moccasin

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Canadian Glacier Yields Aboriginal Moccasin

Canadian Glacier Yields Aboriginal Moccasin

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Archeologists have uncovered a 1,400-year-old moccasin on a melting glacier in northern Canada. Researchers say the discovery is important because it comes far before anyone in the region started trading with Europeans.

STEVEN INSKEEP, host:

A melting glacier in another part of the world allowed scientists to make a discovery. Melting patches of ice revealed a very old piece of footwear--a 1,400 year old moccasin to be exact. Scientists found it in a glacier in northern Canada.

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When archiologists first spotted the piece of leather three years ago, they thought it was a hunter's bag. But after they cleaned and pieced back together the hide, they realized they had an aboriginal moccasin: the oldest ever found in Canada. Researchers say the discovery is important because the moccasin came long before anyone in the region started trading with Europeans.

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