Boots the house down
Since clothing is not as durable as bone, most human skeletons uncovered throughout history are essentially naked. Also, in ancient cultures, people weren’t buried in their clothes unless they were high-class or extremely wealthy. But one skeleton found in the mud of London’s River Thames changed the game as it was donning leather, thigh-high boots.
Were these boots made for walking?
Apparently, yes and no. The skeleton is about 500 years old, as are the fancy boots. Nowadays, thigh-high boots are definitely a fashion trend, this ancient man wore them for different purposes. The most probable possibility is that he made his living as a fisherman along the river, working a lot harder than any of us has in the past few decades. Another possibility is that this man was a mudlark — someone who scavenges through the mud for any valuable items. When mudlarking through a cold, thick river, wearing the right boots is an absolute necessity.
Scientists have been able to study the skeleton even further and discover more details about his life. His teeth, for example, were a good indication of his childhood and diet. Different marks on the skeleton indicated that his line of work has eventually inflicted him with great pains on a daily basis. It seems that this man has had anything but an easy life. But no matter how hard he fought, it looks like his boots fought even harder.