Sandals in museum are 10,000 years old

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KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — A pair of sagebrush sandals on display at the Klamath County Museum dated back about 10,000 years.

Exhibit curator Niles Reynolds said they are the oldest sandals in the world.

The Fort Rock sandals were excavated in the 1930s. Archaeologist Luther Cressman found them in Southern Oregon below a layer of dirt and ash, believed to be from the eruption of Mount Mazama that created Crater Lake.

The sandals are on permanent loan to the Klamath County Museum from the University of Oregon.