It seems as though horse riders were the first people to put on a pair of pants one leg at a time, just like we do today.
It seems as though horse riders were among the first people to put on a pair of pants one leg at a time, just like we do today.
The remains of two males have been uncovered following an excavation of their tombs located in western China. Researchers estimate the males lived somewhere between 3 thousand and 33 hundred years ago, meaning the trousers they were found wearing makes them the oldest pairs ever found.
The ancient pants have straight legs and wide, box-like crotches, resembling typical riding pants than can still be purchased today. An excavation team led by officials from the German Archaeological Institute in Berlin is responsible for finding the remains and pants. Now, they’ve released a research paper detailing their findings.
Victor Mair from the University of Pennsylvania remarked “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.”
A previous discovery at another Tarim Basin site revealed 2,600-year-old remains from a person wearing burgundy trousers. Mair estimates horse riding began 3,400 years ago and he suspects the pants making process started shortly after that to give riders freedom of movement and protection.
It’s believed the two men recently found were herders and warriors. Their trousers were both comprised of three pieces of sewn wool. One piece was used for each leg.