World’s Oldest Pants!

There has been some excitement in the archaeological community this week about a find of the bodies of two men.   The bodies were found in the Tarim Basin, which is on the eastern end of the silk road as it passes into China.  They died roughly 3000 years ago.

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/first-pants-worn-horse-riders-3000-years-ago

It makes a lot of sense that horseback riding would bring about the development of leg clothes.  Skin is subject to chafing on long rides.  What’s even more wonderful is that these pants are decorated with contrasting yarn woven into the base cloth.  This means they weren’t just functional, but that their maker wanted them to be attractive, too.

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