Amsterdam’s history retold by objects buried in river silt

Amsterdam

( CNN) Centuries of unwanted and lost items — from medieval shoes to modern cellphones — are helping to tell the story of Amsterdam’s urban history from a fresh perspective.

The objects consist of everything from medieval weapons and cookware to everyday modern items like credit cards and cameras, and offer snapshots of the history of Amsterdam since its first urban development around 1300.

Some of the discovers indicate there were “temporary, seasonal settlements” sometime between 2,700 and 2,000 BC. The oldest determines go back long before human habitation, with several shells find dating from 120,000 BC.