Egyp­tian mum­mies boast world’s old­est tat­toos

BBC History Magazine - - History Now / News -

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

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