Thursday, 9 December 2021

Yanghai armor

Nearly 3,000-year-old armor found in Yanghai cemetery, Northwest China, may have originally been made in the Neo-Assyrian Empire – a land that covered modern-day Iraq, Iran, Syria, Turkey and Egypt. The armor, dated to between 786 and 543 BCE, was originally found in 2013 in the tomb of a 30ish soldier. It is impossibly rare. There is currently no direct parallel to the Yanghai armor anywhere in the world except an example in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
That piece, stored in New York’s MET, has been radiocarbon dated to between the eighth and fifth centuries BCE. Researchers suggest armors of the Neo-Assyrian Empire are "rare actual proofs of West-East technology transfer across the Eurasian continent during the first half of the first millennium BCE." The world's oldest pants are 3300-year-old wool trousers discovered in the Yanghai cemetery.