Egyptian mummies boast world’s oldest tattoos
Infrared examination of smudges on the arm of an Egyptian mummy at the British Museum has shown them to be tattoos depicting two animals – a giant wild bull and a wild goat-like creature, created around 5,200 years ago. A second, female mummy, was found to have small S-shaped marks tattooed on her right shoulder. It is thought that the mummies’ artworks, which were probably made from soot, constitute the oldest tattoos in existence.
The smudges on the mummy, and (inset) the infrared images that revealed them