600-Year-Old Bras Found - as part of the news series by GeoBeats.
A new archaeological find defies what was once believed about the history of lingerie. While searching an Austrian castle, researchers discovered four bras dating back approximately 600 years. The discovery baffles historians because it was originally believed that bras were invented in the 19th century, after women got tired of wearing tight corsets. The discovered undergarments are said to closely resemble modern day brassieres with ‘two broad shoulder straps and a possible back strap, not preserved but indicated by partially torn edges of the cups onto which it was attached’. The ancient linens were not only supportive; they also showcased decorative lace.
In another perplexing discovery from this year, archaeologists working in Cambridgeshire uncovered the skeleton of a woman buried next to what researchers initially thought to be a horse, but it turned out to be the skeleton of a cow. One of the Co-directors of the dig said: "This is the first animal to be discovered with a woman from this period - the late 5th Century - and it's really interesting that it's a cow, a symbol of economic and domestic wealth and power."