These are the oldest pants ever discovered. They belonged to a nomadic herder living in China between 3,300 and 3,000 years ago. The invention of trousers, say archeologists, is likely due to the advent of horseback riding and the increased need for mobility.
An international group of archaeologists have found these trousers—worn between 3,000 and 3,300 years ago—in a tomb in western China. The trousers were invented for horse riding by Chinese pastoralists and are the oldest known examples of this kind of apparel: