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3000 year old trousers discovered in Chinese grave oldest ever found
phys.org ^ | Jun 03, 2014 | by Bob Yirka

Posted on 06/12/2014 10:39:48 AM PDT by Red Badger

(Phys.org) —A team of researchers working in the ancient Yanghai graveyard in China's Tarim Basin has uncovered what appears to be the earliest example of trouser wearing. The research team has published a paper in the journal Quaternary International describing the pants and why they were likely developed to assist with riding horses.

The Tarim Basin in western China is host to the famous Yanghai tombs, a large ancient burial ground that dates back thousands of years—thus far over 500 individual gravesites have been excavated. In this latest find, two adult males (believed to be herders and warriors) both approximately 40 years old at the time of death, were wearing trousers. Carbon dating put the age of the material at approximately 3000 years ago, making the find the oldest known instance of trouser wearing.

In the tomb, along with the bodies, were a horse bit made of wood, a whip, a bow and a battle-axe. These artifacts along with the cut of the pants, suggest the trousers were created and worn to allow for easier horse riding over long periods of time. They also suggest that trouser creation had matured to a level that allowed for custom tailoring. Both specimens were created from three pieces of material (sized to fit a particular individual) one for each leg and a crotch piece—both also had an associated belt made of strings. No cutting was required. Each pant leg also had cross stitching that appeared to serve a purely decorative function.

Many historians believe that trousers were invented as a means of riding horses—riding for a long time can cause skin irritation and discomfort. The trousers worn by horse riders likely migrated to other people, the theory goes, who chose to adopt them for unknown reasons. Its likely modifications were made because riding pants are not particularly comfortable for walking or engaging in everyday life. Prior to trousers, people of both genders tended to wear tunics, robes, togas, etc. It is also generally believed that horse riding by humans began approximately 4000 years ago, which suggests trouser wearing began long beforethe two men in the Yanghai gravesite donned theirs.

More information: The invention of trousers and its likely affiliation with horseback riding and mobility: A case study of late 2nd millennium BC finds from Turfan in eastern Central Asia, Quaternary International, Available online 22 May 2014 dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.quaint.2014.04.056

Abstract Here, we present the first report on the design and manufacturing process of trousers excavated at Yanghai cemetery (42°48′–42°49′N, 89°39′–89°40′E) near the Turfan oasis, western China. In tombs M21 and M157 fragments of woollen trousers were discovered which have been radiocarbon dated to the time interval between the 13th and the 10th century BC. Their age corresponds to the spread of mobile pastoralism in eastern Central Asia and predates the widely known Scythian finds. Using methods of fashion design, the cut of both trousers was studied in detail. The trousers were made of three independently woven pieces of fabric, one nearly rectangular for each side spanning the whole length from waistband to hemline at the ankle and one stepped cross-shaped crotch-piece which bridged the gap between the two side-pieces. The tailoring process did not involve cutting the cloth: instead the parts were shaped on the loom, and they were shaped in the correct size to fit a specific person. The yarns of the three fabrics and threads for final sewing match in color and quality, which implies that the weaver and the tailor was the same person or that both cooperated in a highly coordinated way. The design of the trousers from Yanghai with straight-fitting legs and a wide crotch-piece seems to be a predecessor of modern riding trousers. Together with horse gear and weapons as grave goods in both tombs our results specify former assumptions that the invention of bifurcated lower body garments is related to the new epoch of horseback riding, mounted warfare and greater mobility. Trousers are essential part of the tool kit with which humans improve their physical qualities.

Journal reference: Quaternary International


TOPICS: History; Science; Society
KEYWORDS: archaeology; china; ggg; godsgravesglyphs; levis; tarimbasin

Credit: Archaeological Institute/ M. Wagner

1 posted on 06/12/2014 10:39:48 AM PDT by Red Badger
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To: SunkenCiv

GGG Ping?....................


2 posted on 06/12/2014 10:40:06 AM PDT by Red Badger (Soon there will be another American Civil War. Will make the first one seem like a Tea Party........)
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To: Red Badger

Chinese laundry.


3 posted on 06/12/2014 10:40:50 AM PDT by The Sons of Liberty ("Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle?" - Patrick Henry, 1775)
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To: The Sons of Liberty

They’ll be ready Tuesday..................


4 posted on 06/12/2014 10:41:27 AM PDT by Red Badger (Soon there will be another American Civil War. Will make the first one seem like a Tea Party........)
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To: Red Badger

Line 1: Hey! They still fit, and as long as they do, I’m wearing ‘em!

Line 2: Look, I can still get into my high school pants!


5 posted on 06/12/2014 10:42:02 AM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (At no time was the Obama administration aware of what the Obama administration was doing)
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder

No tickeee, no washee!................


6 posted on 06/12/2014 10:43:28 AM PDT by Red Badger (Soon there will be another American Civil War. Will make the first one seem like a Tea Party........)
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To: Red Badger

Li Jeans, obviously ....


7 posted on 06/12/2014 10:44:05 AM PDT by mikrofon (mtwRf BUMP)
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To: Red Badger
"They’ll be ready Tuesday.................."

I don't care who you are THAT was funny!

8 posted on 06/12/2014 10:45:05 AM PDT by circlecity
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To: Red Badger

F’in hipsters.


9 posted on 06/12/2014 10:46:47 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: Red Badger

No tick-y no wash-y! :)


10 posted on 06/12/2014 10:48:51 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: Red Badger

China? Well they shouldn’t have trouble finding a laundry to get them cleaned and press at.


11 posted on 06/12/2014 10:49:10 AM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: circlecity

If they were yellow, they would be part of Hillary’s pants suit ensemble.


12 posted on 06/12/2014 10:49:45 AM PDT by Bruce Buckley
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To: circlecity

It’s the punch line of an old joke:

A man was going thru some old clothes to donate to charity when he found in the pocket of a pair of pants a ticket for the repair of a pair of shoes he had forgotten about for several years.

He took the ticket to the cobbler shop and gave the ticket to the old man behind the counter.

He disappeared into the back room for a long while then came out and said, “They will be ready Tuesday.”.....................


13 posted on 06/12/2014 10:50:11 AM PDT by Red Badger (Soon there will be another American Civil War. Will make the first one seem like a Tea Party........)
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To: mikrofon

LOL!.............


14 posted on 06/12/2014 10:52:02 AM PDT by Red Badger (Soon there will be another American Civil War. Will make the first one seem like a Tea Party........)
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To: Kartographer

I wonder, were they Made in China?..........................


15 posted on 06/12/2014 10:53:06 AM PDT by Red Badger (Soon there will be another American Civil War. Will make the first one seem like a Tea Party........)
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To: wideawake

Disco Pants......................

16 posted on 06/12/2014 10:54:33 AM PDT by Red Badger (Soon there will be another American Civil War. Will make the first one seem like a Tea Party........)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

The embroidery looks really cool, like from the late 60’s.....................


17 posted on 06/12/2014 10:55:30 AM PDT by Red Badger (Soon there will be another American Civil War. Will make the first one seem like a Tea Party........)
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To: Red Badger

Wouldn’t be a hoot if there was a made in Mongolia label on them! ;-)


18 posted on 06/12/2014 10:58:36 AM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: Red Badger

they look like a pair of jeans my wife wore back in the 80’s.


19 posted on 06/12/2014 11:05:49 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Red Badger

Purty interestin, but everybody is missing the point that they dug up a cemetery. Why are they digging up a cemetery? Did they run out of room? In China? And what happened to the dude wearing those things? He’s gonna want them back.


20 posted on 06/12/2014 11:17:49 AM PDT by rjsimmon (The Tree of Liberty Thirsts)
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To: Red Badger

And inside them was a 2,998-year-old Depends...


21 posted on 06/12/2014 11:19:41 AM PDT by pabianice (LINE)
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To: Red Badger

Confucius say man who wear old trousers have wife who wear pants.


22 posted on 06/12/2014 11:20:14 AM PDT by bunkerhill7 ("The Second Amendment has no limits on firepower"-NY State Senator Kathleen A. Marchione.")
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To: Red Badger

Dateline June 11, 5014

Archeologists found the first recorded pantsuit burried in a highly decorated shrine unearthed in Nuevo Jalisco in Northern Aztland. A shriveled horrid corpse was found entombed amongst thousands of drably colored pant suits arranged in a circle. It is theorized this female was worshipped as a diety of fertility for the gigantic lower leg structures.


23 posted on 06/12/2014 11:49:37 AM PDT by Organic Panic
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To: Red Badger

Native American ?


24 posted on 06/12/2014 11:51:02 AM PDT by molson209 (Blank)
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To: rjsimmon

Ask me about graveyards (cemeteries are very large commercial park-like graveyards) being dug up. It’s kind of my avocation. Cpmbs.org


25 posted on 06/12/2014 12:01:22 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: molson209

Discovered when somebody tried to return them at Walmart for a full refund.


26 posted on 06/12/2014 12:02:01 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Red Badger

Those are in better shape than some I have recently seen on the sales racks at the mall.


27 posted on 06/12/2014 12:10:30 PM PDT by SharpRightTurn (White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: molson209

If so, then the trade imbalance with China goes waaaaaay back.................


28 posted on 06/12/2014 1:04:44 PM PDT by Red Badger (Soon there will be another American Civil War. Will make the first one seem like a Tea Party........)
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To: Red Badger

We used to spend HOURS in Jr/Sr High embroidering on our bell-bottom jeans. Wish I still had a pair of them; they were works of art! I worked MONTHS on a Siamese cat all down one leg.

Eric Clapton said it best, of course:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKAYGVIkbok

And this 3,000 year old pair PROVES that NONE of us has to, ‘...just fade away...’ :)


29 posted on 06/12/2014 1:27:10 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Everything old is new again...........Like they say, just wait long enough and all your old clothes will come back in style!....................


30 posted on 06/12/2014 1:42:46 PM PDT by Red Badger (Soon there will be another American Civil War. Will make the first one seem like a Tea Party........)
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To: Red Badger

Now available at Abercrombie for $1,499.95.


31 posted on 06/12/2014 1:55:54 PM PDT by CodeToad (Arm Up! They Are!)
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To: Red Badger

World’s oldest pair of pants found:

One question, are they Hillary’s?


32 posted on 06/12/2014 2:48:48 PM PDT by dangerdoc
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To: dangerdoc

Of course not! She couldn’t even get one leg in those!....................


33 posted on 06/12/2014 2:50:53 PM PDT by Red Badger (Soon there will be another American Civil War. Will make the first one seem like a Tea Party........)
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To: Red Badger

His cleaners lost them.


34 posted on 06/12/2014 3:37:53 PM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: Red Badger
Thanks Red Badger. We've had a topic about this, but I've added it.

35 posted on 06/12/2014 5:33:43 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/3162114/posts


36 posted on 06/12/2014 5:36:07 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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