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The Super-Ancient Origins of Your Blue Jeans

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For archaeologists in the far-off future, two-legged cotton garments dyed with indigo will be classified as one of the most common human adornments of the 20th and 21st centuries. In typical archaeological fashion, these “jeans” will be assigned various subcategories, such as “skinny” or “bootcut,” and their geographic ubiquity will be held up as evidence for rapid globalization of trade and culture during the time period.

These future “jeanaeologists” will also point back to an intriguing report, published today in Science Advances, that shows that humans were already dyeing cotton with indigo at least 6,000 years ago.

Read more at National Geographic.

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