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Ostrich eggshell beads discovered in Denisova Cave

Beads made from Ostrich eggshells, believed to date back between 45,000-50,000 years have been found in Denisova Cave in the Altai Mountains. 'This is an amazing piece of work. The ostrich egg shell is quite robust material, but the holes in the beads must have been made with a fine stone

Neolithic snowshoe found in Italy

A snowshoe dating back to 3,800 B.C. has been found in the Dolomite mountains in Italy. Carbon-dating has shown that the rudimentary snow shoe, made of birch wood and twine, was made in the late Neolithic age, between 3,800 and 3,700 BC. “It is the oldest snowshoe in the world so far

Ötzi the Iceman’s clothing undergoes analysis

Researchers have analysed all of Ötzi the Iceman's articles of clothing, determining what animals were used to make them. Ötzi's leather overcoat was made of a grab bag of at least four different individual animals from two species — sheep and goat — while his lighter coat was made of sheep.

Bog clothing analysed

Analysis carried out on 2,000-year-old bog clothing has revealed that Iron Age garments were made from domesticated animals. Brandt analysed 12 samples from ten cloaks and a tunic from the Danish National Museum’s collection of leather suits that were preserved at a number of archaeological sites in Jutland, West Denmark. All

The world’s oldest known woven garment

Radiocarbon dating has dated an ancient Egyptian linen shirt back to 3484-3102 B.C., making it the oldest known woven garment. Although the dress was thought to be Egypt’s oldest garment, and the oldest surviving woven garment in the world, the precise age of the dress was uncertain as previous carbon dating

The world’s oldest pants

The world's oldest pants, which date back over 3,000 years, has been found in the Yanghai graveyard in China's Tarim Basin. With straight-fitting legs and a wide crotch, the ancient wool trousers resemble modern riding pants, says a team led by archaeologists Ulrike Beck and Mayke Wagner of the German Archaeological

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

Shell beads reveal fashion-conscious human ancestors

A team of researchers have been experimenting with shell beads in an attempt to replicate the wear patterns found on the shells, and as a result found that the way shells were strung changed as the styles became outdated. In a new study in press at the Journal of Human Evolution,

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