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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: caucasianmummies; china; godsgravesglyphs; mummy; pants; tarimbasin; xinjiang

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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To: blam

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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To: ConservativeMan55

21 posted on 05/31/2014 7:45:27 AM PDT by FlJoePa ("Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good")
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To: blam

I have a pair like that.

My wife is trying to get me to throw them out.


22 posted on 05/31/2014 7:52:43 AM PDT by Fido969 (What's sad is most)
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To: knarf
No one can truly visualize nor understand those daze ...

Because no one can remember them... Esalen Institute alumnus here...

23 posted on 05/31/2014 7:53:42 AM PDT by Albion Wilde ("The commenters are plenty but the thinkers are few." -- Walid Shoebat)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar
"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."

I've read that humans were unable to survive in the deep steppes until horses were domesticated and used to haul the necessary survival supplies way into the steppes.

24 posted on 05/31/2014 7:55:07 AM PDT by blam
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To: FlJoePa

New version of the GBLTQ flag?

25 posted on 05/31/2014 7:55:19 AM PDT by Albion Wilde ("The commenters are plenty but the thinkers are few." -- Walid Shoebat)
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To: SunkenCiv

Ping!


26 posted on 05/31/2014 7:56:25 AM PDT by Albion Wilde ("The commenters are plenty but the thinkers are few." -- Walid Shoebat)
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To: knarf

When I lived in Alabama I met 2 brothers, Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett Boone, they patched their pants and shirts with the skins off road kill.

Didn’t bother to tan the skins.

Now there was 2 people you definitely wanted to stay up- wind of.


27 posted on 05/31/2014 8:22:28 AM PDT by IMR 4350
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To: luvbach1

Nomadic asians invented “going commando”!


28 posted on 05/31/2014 9:09:47 AM PDT by Boogieman
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To: Boogieman
Xiongnu's
29 posted on 05/31/2014 10:24:34 AM PDT by blam
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To: blam

Hmmm, that’s uber casual!


30 posted on 05/31/2014 12:54:50 PM PDT by equaviator (There's nothing like the universe to bring you down to earth.)
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To: FlJoePa

She looks like a bag of Skittles. Kids gotta have their candy...


31 posted on 05/31/2014 12:56:47 PM PDT by equaviator (There's nothing like the universe to bring you down to earth.)
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To: blam

http://beforeitsnews.com/prophecy/2014/02/shocking-new-dna-evidence-released-today-proves-nephilim-and-scientists-are-stunned-video-and-photos-2458550.html?utm_campaign=&utm_content=awesm-publisher&utm_term=http%3A%2F%2Fb4in.info%2FqTma&utm_medium=facebook-share&utm_source=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2F

Just another possible maker of pants.


32 posted on 05/31/2014 1:16:20 PM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; 2ndDivisionVet; ...
Thanks blam and Albion Wilde.

33 posted on 06/01/2014 12:17:30 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: blam

34 posted on 06/01/2014 4:49:59 PM PDT by roamer_1 (Globalism is just socialism in a business suit.)
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