World’s old­est trousers

Timeless Travels Magazine - - ARCHAEOLOG­ICAL NEWS -

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

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