Archeologist Beatrix Nutz, of the University of Innsbruck, has discovered 600-year-old bras, long before the first bras were thought to have been used, in the 19th century.
The discovery of the four linen bras was made while renovating an ancient Austrian castle.
“Medieval written sources are rather vague on the topic of female breast support, sometimes mentioning ‘bags for the breasts’ or ‘shirts with bags’,” Nutz says in a statement on the university’s website. “Other sources only mention breast-bands to bind down over-sized breasts.”
The bras were among 2,700 other textile fragments found on the second floor in a sealed room of the castle.
The bras were apparently more than just function, with one of them having detailed lace decorations.
Also found were a pair of men’s underwear as Nutz says women did not wear anything under their skirts and dresses back then.