TIERRA LIMPIA by Charles Lincoln

Ah, Beloved Austria!  Innsbruck and the Beautiful Tyrol no less—thoughts of Mediaeval Romance!  This is why we got into archaeology, isn’t it, Indy?  Actually, very modern looking bras and bikinis are both preserved in ancient Roman frescos & ceramic painting from Pompei, Herculaneum, and even in (relatively) more stuffy, stodgy contexts in Greece—but after all, THESE unterhosen are from the so called “Dark Ages” of Europe—albeit very LATE in the Mediaeval period…really the extremely early renaissance if this date of 600 years ago is correct (1412?)–but we’re talking about Rural Austria here, neither Vienna nor Rome nor Paris…. so the stylistic implications are that these were as normal then as now… throughout Europe….

600-year-old linen bras found in Austrian castle

  • By George Jahn Associated Press
  • Posted July 18, 2012 at 5:03 p.m.
This undated picture publicly provided by the Archeological Institute of the University of Innsbruck, shows a medieval bra. The bra is commonly thought to be little more than 100 years old as corseted women abandoned rigid fashions and opted for the more natural look. But that timeline is about to be revised with the discovery of four brassieres from the Middle Ages in a debris-filled vault of an Austrian castle. The find, formally announced Wednesday July 18, 2012  by the University of Innsbruck, is being described by historical fashion experts as revolutionary because it indicates that the bra was already worn around 600 years ago before being abandoned for the stiff stays dictated by the form-hugging clothing that become the mode for centuries. (AP Photo/University  Innsbruck Archeological Institute)<br /><br /><br />

This undated picture publicly provided by the Archeological Institute of the University of Innsbruck, shows a medieval bra…

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