Time Travel: The History of Tents

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Welcome to a new series: Time Travel. Over the weeks, we will take a look back at how the concept of the holiday—from camping to ritzy resorts—evolved. This week, we’re recounting the history of tents, one of the most beloved forms of portable lodging.

The oldest known tent, found in Moldova and structured around mammoth bones, dates to around 40,000 B.C. Early societies around the world, particularly nomadic nations, set up tents that adapted to their lifestyles and environments.

Tents took a recreational turn in the latter half of the 20th century, along with the rising popularity of camping and scouting organizations. Today, like the remainder of camping tools, tents are only getting more incredible, with intense renditions such as floating kayak tents and tents that pop open in two seconds.

Flip through the gallery above and learn about the history of tents.

Sarra Sedghi is a freelancer based in Athens, Ga.