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Pilot’s jacket recovered from USS Monitor conserved

A jacket recovered from the USS Monitor, which sank in 1862, is set to go on display at the USS Monitor Center in Virginia after conservation efforts are complete. Found inside the vessel's famous gun turret not long after it was recovered from the Atlantic in August 2002, the rumpled expanse

2,200-year-old Han Dynasty mummies undressed

Four ancient mummies from the Han Dynasty have been stripped of their clothes to prevent them from decaying along with the bodies. Among the clothes were woollen pants, knitted mantles, fabric coats, silk scarves, and brightly-coloured sheepskin boots, which offer a glimpse into the delicate handicrafts of that time, Xu was

Clothing first appeared 170,000 years ago

Researchers from the University of Florida have deduced, by examine the annoying clothing louse, that clothing first appeared 170,000 years ago. David Reed, associate curator of mammals at the Florida Museum of Natural History on the University of Florida campus, worked with colleagues worldwide for five years to sequence the DNA

5,900-year-old reed skirt found in cave

A reed skirt which dating back 5,900 years has been found in a cave in Armenia. Pavel Avetisian, the head of the Institute of Archeology and Ethnography in Yerevan, said a fragment of skirt made of reed was found during recent digging in the Areni-1 cave in southeastern Armenia. Avetisian

A brief (pun intended) history of men’s underwear

Mental_Floss has compiled an interesting history of men's underwear. Variations on the loincloth seem to have persisted into the Middle Ages, when loose-fitting trousers called braies came into fashion. These linen duds extended from the waist to around mid-calf, and once the wearer stepped into his breeches he had to lace