Oldest Objects Ever Found, Egyptian wool socks

The Oldest Pieces of Clothing and Accessories Ever Found


Ηow old is the oldest remnant fabric found on our planet? Who invented the sunglasses (no, sunglasses weren’t invented by Italians)? Where people wearing underwear in the old times?

It is not known when humans first began making clothing due to the fast deterioration of fabrics and materials, but genetic analysis estimates that humans began wearing clothing 170 millennia ago!

According to archaeological finds possible sewing needles have been dated to around 40,000 years ago and the earliest dyed fibres date back to 36,000 BC.

Here is a list of the oldest surviving clothes and accessories.

1.Oldest Condom (370 years old)

Oldest Objects Ever Found, condom

This reusable condom, made of pigs intestine, was used in 1640 in Lund, Sweden.  It came with instructions (in Latin) to clean it with warm milk to prevent users from catching STDs.

2.Oldest Bra (500 years old)

Oldest Objects Ever Found, bra

The bra pictured above was used in Austria sometime between the years 1390 and 1485.

Totally for lined bras, decorated with lace, were  found under the floorboards of the Austrian Lemberg castle in 2008.

Until now, the earliest bras found dated back to the 1800s.

Oldest Objects Ever Found, underpantsAlong with the bras, archaeologist also found a few pairs of underpants. I am sure you’d bet they were worn by women but nope,  women didn’t wear undergarments at the time.

3. Oldest Socks (1,500 years old)

Oldest Objects Ever Found, Egyptian wool socks

Made of wool, these Romano-Egyptian socks were designed to go with sandals. This pair was knitted between 300 and 499 AD and found in a burial ground in an ancient Greece colony in central Egypt the 19th century.

4. Oldest Sweater (1,700 years)

Oldest Objects Ever Found, sweater

The world’s oldest sweater , found on a Norweigan glacier in 2013 was made of lamb and sheep wool woven into a diamond twill fabric.

5. Oldest sunglasses. (2,000 years old)

Oldest Objects Ever Found, sunglasses

The oldest snow goggles ever found were made of bone leather or wood and date back 2000 years to a culture known as Old Bering Sea, who lived around the west coast of Alaska and were the ancestors of the modern Inuit.

The above pictured snow goggles, discovered  some 800 years ago on Canada’s Baffin Island, were designed to protect the eyes from snow-blindness caused by the bright spring sunlight.

6. Oldest Pants (3,000 years old)

Oldest Objects Ever Found, sweater

This ancient pair of trousers is 3,300 years old and was found in the Yanghai tombs in Western China in 2014.

7. Oldest Purse (4,500 years old)

Oldest Objects Ever Found, purseThe 4,500 year old German purse was decorated with dog teeth! Disgusting but it seems to have been very fashionable, since dog teeth were also found in hair ornaments and necklaces.

8. Oldest dress (5,000 years old)

Oldest Objects Ever Found, dressThe Tarkhan Dress (courtesy Petrie Museum/UCL)

The world’s oldest dress ever found, called the Tarkhan Dress,  was excavated in 1913 from a First Dynasty tomb at Tarkhan, an Egyptian cemetery located 50 km south of Cairo in Egypt.

9. Oldest leather shoe (5,500 years old)

Oldest Objects Ever Found, leather shoe

The 5,500-year-old moccasin made of cowhide was found during a 2010 dig in the Areni-1 cave in southeastern Armenia. It was cut from single piece of leather and was exceptionally well preserved in grass and dry sheep dung.  It’s small size (about a US size 7) suggests it belonged to a woman.

10. Oldest Skirt (5,900 years old)

Oldest Objects Ever Found, skirt

A fragment of the oldest skirt was also found in Armenia’s Areni-1 cave (where the world’s oldest leather shoes were found).  I was made of reeds that has been dated at 5,900 years old.

Researchers were also excited by the discovery of mummified remains of a goat, dated probably from the same period as the skirt. It means the Armenian goat mummy is about a thousand years older than the mummified animals found in Egypt.

11. Oldest Footwear (9,300 years old)

Oldest Objects Ever Found, footwearThe oldest pair of shoes was excavated in 1938 in the Fort Rock Basin in Oregon.  The shoes are made of twined sagebrush bark, with a flat sole and a toe wrap.


12. Oldest Known Human-Made Fibers. (34,000 years old)

Oldest Objects Ever Found, fiber

Archeological excavations in an ancient cave in the Caucasus Mountains of the modern day Republic of Georgia have unearthed flax fibers thought to be more than 34,000 years old.  Scientists say the discovery represents the oldest samples of cloth and thread known to have been used by humans.

source: oddee, toptenz






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  • brian March 16, 2017

    Fascinating. Thank you. 🙂

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