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Arteni, Aragatsotn Perlite deposit

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How can grains of sand help in dating ancient secrets?

A cave complex in Armenia was found to contain not only one of the world’s oldest wineries ever found but also the oldest leather shoe and the oldest remains of a human brain.

Artifacts include a feet-stomping wine press, fermentation and storage vessels, and cups. 

Analysis of the size and surface of sand grains, showing wind-shaped sand originating far away, gives clues to dating it all. 

Sand research as a tool for dating archeological findings. Studying the origin of sand grains and their layering has long been a mandatory one. Then there’s Optically Stimulated Luminescence, OSL, a technique to see when quarts of sand, the most common type of sand, last were exposed to sunlight. 

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