(ORDO NEWS) — A group of archaeologists led by Ulrike Beck and Mike Wagner from the German Archaeological Institute have discovered ancient pants that exactly resemble modern riding pants.
The discovery was made at the Yanghai Chinese Cemetery in the Tarim Basin. In 2014, scientists hypothesized that loose-fitting pants were invented by nomadic shepherds in Central Asia. The products provided protection and comfortable movement on horses. Apparently, the discovery of German archaeologists confirms these conclusions.
The owners of the found pants were about 40 years old. Before the burial of the men, the groin of their pants was decorated with a leather insert, and an ax, a cord and a leather bracelet were placed in the grave itself to protect the hands.
The pants themselves were made from three pieces of woolen fabric tied together. There were braided patterns in the knee area. Beck and Wagner believe that trousers are clothing invented for riding in their time. Only over time they began to wear it in everyday life. In ancient times, European and Asian peoples gave preference to robes, tunics, togas and other similar attire.
Thanks to the dry climate, both human remains and clothing have been preserved on the territory. Chinese expert Victor Mayr of the University of Pennsylvania believes that horseback riding in the Celestial Empire appeared about 3,400 years ago, and pants were invented soon after in humid regions (north and west of the Tarim Basin). It turns out that the found pants may be about three millennia.
The people in the Yanghai tombs, covering an area of 54,000 square meters, are from the Subaisi culture. These are steppe societies that roamed Central Eurasia from Ukraine to China. Scientists discovered the tombs at the beginning of this century.
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