Tarkhan dress

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The Tarkhan Dress, named for the Tarkhan cemetery south of Cairo in Egypt where it was excavated in 1913, is an over 5000 years old linen garment that was confirmed as the world's oldest piece of women's clothing.

The dress coded UC28614B is currently in the collection of the University College London (UCL) Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology. Radiocarbon testing conducted in 2015 by the University of Oxford affirms, with 95% accuracy, that the dress dates from between 3482 and 3102 BCE.[1]


  1. ^ Lobell, Jarrett A. (7 December 1941). "World's Oldest Dress". Archaeology Magazine. Retrieved 5 November 2019.


  • S. Landi and R. M. Hall (1979), 'The Discovery and Conservation of an Ancient Egyptian Linen Tunic', Studies in Conservation, 24, 141-152.

External links[edit]

  • [1] A 5,000-Year-Old Linen Dress Is the World’s Oldest Woven Garment, Allison Meier on February 29, 2016
  • [2] Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, object page