Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Stranger than fiction

Well. whaddya know. The brass bra brigade were on the right track all along.

Uplifting evidence for Viking lingerie range

THEY came, they saw, they pillaged ... and their women wore bras. Swedish researchers claim Viking women were the first in western civilisation to look for a little support at home while their menfolk were off in their longboats.

In the mud at a former Viking settlement near the capital, archeologists found cloth samples with metal fasteners and circular pieces of metal.

"It was thought these metal discs were shoulder protectors, perhaps for women carrying heavy loads," said Ms Larsson.

But she said researchers comparing them with figurines found at the site realised they seemed to have been worn as a metal bra.

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