Feeds

Austrians drool over 15th-century jub buckets

Earliest known bra unearthed in East Tyrol

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

A team from the Institute of Archaeologies at the University of Innsbruck reckons it's unearthed the earliest known bra - a pair of 15th-century linen jub buckets which turned up in a castle in East Tyrol.

The Lengberg compared with a 1950s longline bra. Pic: University of InnsbruckThe antique büstenhalter was among 2,700 textile fragments in a rubbish-filled vault in Lengberg Castle.

The university says it's similar to a 1950's modern longline bra, as its comparative snap shows. It explains: "The cups are each made from two pieces of linen sewn together vertically.

"The surrounding fabric of somewhat coarser linen extends down to the bottom of the ribcage with a row of six eyelets on the left side of the body for fastening with a lace. The corresponding row of eyelets is missing.

"Needle-lace is sewn onto the cups and the fabric above thus decorating the cleavage. In the triangular area between the two cups there might have been additional decoration, maybe another sprang-work."

The uni dated the bra by first linking the waste from the vault to recorded 15th century building work at Lengberg Castle, then confirmed it by Carbon-14 dating.

Team leader Beatrix Nutz gasped to BBC History Magazine: "We didn't believe it ourselves. From what we knew, there was no such thing as bra-like garments in the 15th century."

Given her surname, it's entirely appropriate that Ms Nutz also found a fine pair of linen male underpants:

The Lengberg underpants. Pic: University of Innsbruck

They may look like women's smalls, and despite the Daily Mail's assertion that they're knickers with "more than a passing resemblance to the string bikini briefs popular today", they are most certainly bloke's apparel.

Nutz clarified that medieval women didn't wear knickers, and that underpants "were considered a symbol of male dominance and power". ®

Intelligent flash storage arrays

More from The Register

next story
Criticism of Uber's journo-Data Analytics plan is an Attack on DIGITAL FREEDOM
First they came for Emil – and I'm damn well SPEAKING OUT
'It is comforting to know where your data centres are.' UK.GOV does NOT
Plus: Anons are 'wannabes', KKK says, before being pwned
Google's whois results say it's a lousy smut searcher
Run whois google.com or whois microsoft.com. We dare you, you PIG◙◙◙◙ER
Holy vintage vehicles! Earliest known official Batmobile goes on sale
Riddle me this: are you prepared to pay US$180k?
'Open source just means big companies can steal your code.' O RLY?
Plus: Flame of the Week returns, for one night only!
NEWSFLASH: It's time to ditch dullard Facebook chums
Everything hot in tech, courtesy of avian anchor Regina Eggbert
Hey, you, PHONE-FACE! Kickstarter in-car mobe mount will EMBED your phone into your MUG
Stick it on the steering wheel and wait for the airbag to fire
prev story

Whitepapers

Driving business with continuous operational intelligence
Introducing an innovative approach offered by ExtraHop for producing continuous operational intelligence.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
How to determine if cloud backup is right for your servers
Two key factors, technical feasibility and TCO economics, that backup and IT operations managers should consider when assessing cloud backup.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence
Download Choosing a Cloud Hosting Provider with Confidence to learn more about cloud computing - the new opportunities and new security challenges.