Thursday, June 5, 2014

Prototypical pants

Behold the world's oldest pair of pants! They were found in the Tarim Basin in western China in the tombs of 2 nomadic herders. Archaeologists Ulrike Beck and Mayke Wagner of the German Archaeological Institute in Berlin believe that the 3,000-year-old woolen trousers were invented to provide bodily protection and freedom of movement while journeying and warring on horseback. Before that, men including the Iceman wore a loincloth and 2 leggings that weren't stitched together. Beck and Wagner call the combining of the pieces a groundbreaking achievement and comment, "That’s not too shabby for herders who probably thought the Gap was just a place to ride their horses through."

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