World’s oldest trousers
Discovered in the Yanghai graveyard in China's Tarim Basin, these are thought to be the oldest known pair of trousers, roughly 3000 years old.
It is thought that nomadic herders in Central Asia invented trousers to provide bodily protection and freedom of movement for horseback journeys and mounted warfare.
Previously, Europeans and Asians wore gowns, robes, tunics, togas or — as observed on the 5,300 year old body of Ötzi the Iceman — a three-piece combination of loincloth and individual leggings.
A dry climate and hot summers helped preserve human corpses, clothing and other organic material in the Tarim Basin. More than 500 tombs have been excavated there since the early 1970s.
Read more at sciencenews.org / Bruce Bower