Friday, December 16, 2011

'The world's first Swiss Army Knife'

A discovery has revealed that our forefather's forefathers were pretty crafty as well... 
Check out this ancient multi-tool that dates more more than 1,800-years ago. 

"The world's first Swiss Army Knife' has been revealed - made 1,800 years before its modern counterpart.An intricately designed Roman implement, which dates back to 200AD, it is made from silver but has an iron blade.It features a spoon, fork as well as a retractable spike, spatula and small tooth-pick.
Experts believe the spike may have been used by the Romans to extract meat from snails.
It is thought the spatula would have offered a means of poking cooking sauce out of narrow-necked bottles.
The 3in x 6in (8cm x 15cm) knife was excavated from the Mediterranean area more than 20 years ago and was obtained by the museum in 1991.
The unique item is among dozens of artefacts exhibited in a newly refurbished Greek and Roman antiquities gallery at the Fitzwilliam Museum, in Cambridge.
Experts believe it may have been carried by a wealthy traveller, who will have had the item custom made.
A spokesman said: 'This was probably made between AD 200 and AD 300, when the Roman empire was a great imperial power."

via Dailymail

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