#AceHistory2ResearchNews – China – June 04 – Scientists have discovered a pair of trousers in a Chinese tomb that may be the oldest ever found.
Two adult males, believed to be herders and warriors, both about 40 years old at the time of death, were wearing the trousers.
Carbon dating puts the age of the material at about 3000 years old, making the find the earliest known instance of trouser wearing, ‘Phys.org’ reported.
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.
Many historians believe that trousers were invented as a means of riding horses as riding for a long time can cause skin irritation and discomfort, the report said.