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These Are The World's Oldest Pants
BI ^ | 5-31-2014 | Bruce Bower

Posted on 05/31/2014 6:44:58 AM PDT by blam

Bruce Bower
May 31, 2014, 7:14 AM

The oldest known trousers, including this roughly 3,000-year-old pair with woven leg decorations, belonged to nomadic horsemen in Central Asia.

Two men whose remains were recently excavated from tombs in western China put their pants on one leg at a time, just like the rest of us. But these nomadic herders did so between 3,300 and 3,000 years ago, making their trousers the oldest known examples of this innovative apparel, a new study finds.

With straight-fitting legs and a wide crotch, the ancient wool trousers resemble modern riding pants, says a team led by archaeologists Ulrike Beck and Mayke Wagner of the German Archaeological Institute in Berlin. The discoveries, uncovered in the Yanghai graveyard in China's Tarim Basin, support previous work suggesting that nomadic herders in Central Asia invented pants to provide bodily protection and freedom of movement for horseback journeys and mounted warfare.

"This new paper definitely supports the idea that trousers were invented for horse riding by mobile pastoralists, and that trousers were brought to the Tarim Basin by horse-riding peoples," remarks linguist and China authority Victor Mair of the University of Pennsylvania.

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.

Earlier research on mummies from several Tarim Basin sites, led by Mair, identified a 2,600-year-old individual known as Cherchen Man who wore burgundy trousers probably made of wool. Trousers of Scythian nomads from West Asia date to roughly 2,500 years ago.

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TOPICS: History
KEYWORDS: afanasevo; caucasianmummies; china; godsgravesglyphs; mummy; pants; taklamakan; tarimbasin; tocharian; tocharians; xinjiang
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1 posted on 05/31/2014 6:44:58 AM PDT by blam
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To: SunkenCiv
This subject was covered during the number of times this article was posted about twelve years ago.

The Curse Of The Red-Headed Mummy

Cherchen Man

2 posted on 05/31/2014 6:48:19 AM PDT by blam
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To: blam

Hillary’s first pantsuit!


3 posted on 05/31/2014 6:49:04 AM PDT by ConservativeMan55 (In America, we don't do pin pricks. But sometimes we elect them.)
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To: blam
More mummy pictures here.
4 posted on 05/31/2014 6:50:22 AM PDT by blam
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To: ConservativeMan55

truly “stylin”

looks even more like something “The FIrst Mummy” or FMOTUS might wear


5 posted on 05/31/2014 6:51:29 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: blam

What, no underwear?


6 posted on 05/31/2014 6:53:05 AM PDT by luvbach1 (We are finished. It will just take a while before everyone realizes it.)
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To: blam
Genetic testing reveals awkward truth about Xinjiang’s famous mummies (Caucasian)
7 posted on 05/31/2014 6:56:41 AM PDT by blam
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To: MeshugeMikey
The codpiece adds panache....


8 posted on 05/31/2014 6:58:00 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (It ain't a "hashtag"....it's a damn pound sign. ###)
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To: blam

3,000 years old? They must have been 501 button flys.


9 posted on 05/31/2014 7:03:38 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Conservatism is the political disposition of grown-ups.)
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To: blam
MST3K pants tribute
10 posted on 05/31/2014 7:03:44 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Republican amnesty supporters don't care whether their own homes are called mansions or haciendas.)
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To: blam
More mummy pictures here.

So many mummies.....so little time.....

11 posted on 05/31/2014 7:08:20 AM PDT by uglybiker (nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-BATMAN!)
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To: blam

I thought the ice ace snowman found frozen in the alps had leather pants.


12 posted on 05/31/2014 7:10:53 AM PDT by I-ambush (Don't let it bring you down, it's only castles burning)
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13 posted on 05/31/2014 7:15:02 AM PDT by Daffynition (I stand with the Bundy Family!)
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To: blam

Probably the most expensive pair of pants on earth but still inappropriate for wearing on casual Friday’s.


14 posted on 05/31/2014 7:21:03 AM PDT by equaviator (There's nothing like the universe to bring you down to earth.)
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To: equaviator
Ahem,

"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.

15 posted on 05/31/2014 7:23:49 AM PDT by blam
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To: blam
During my hip-eye daze ... when it was cool to patch my own jeans with varying materials and colors .... mine looked similar ...

'cept mine were cooler looking.

16 posted on 05/31/2014 7:24:19 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true .. I have no proof .. but they're true.)
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To: knarf
"During my hip-eye daze ... when it was cool to patch my own jeans with varying materials and colors .... mine looked similar ..."

Ditto, when I used to cruise Haight - Ashbury streets and go to Greatful Dead concerts in Golden Gate park.

A long, long time ago. (ahem)

My only child (Dr blam) was conceived in 'The Summer Of Love.'
(Don't get me started)

17 posted on 05/31/2014 7:35:14 AM PDT by blam
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To: ErnBatavia

another candidate for inclusion in the upcoming LGBT Historical SItes


18 posted on 05/31/2014 7:36:16 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: blam
No one can truly visualize nor understand those daze ... they were ....

just ...

They Were !

19 posted on 05/31/2014 7:41:07 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true .. I have no proof .. but they're true.)
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To: blam

I was reading a book on ancient Roman history when it said you could recognize a man from Gaul or Germany because they wore pants instead of robes.


20 posted on 05/31/2014 7:42:45 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need more than seven rounds, Much more.)
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