2,700-Year-Old Saddle Found In Ancient Chinese Tomb Is Oldest Ever Discovered

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Archaeologists working in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region of China have discovered what may well be the oldest known saddle for horse riding – and we’re betting its ancient owner isn’t who you’re expecting. Made from cow leather and filled with a mix of straw and hair from deer and camels, the saddle was made between 727 and 396 BCE, according to radiocarbon dating – making it at least as old as the previous record-breaking saddles, and potentially much older. Advertisement Advertisement Despite its age, though, it’s in surprisingly good condition, thanks to the arid heat of the northwestern Chinese...