Infrared cameras reveal tattoo-covered mummy priestess


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Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2016/08/29/infrared-cameras-reveal-tattoo.html


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Surprised that this is a relative first:

According to Gobeil, about a dozen other mummies have been found with tattoos of simple shapes, usually around the belly, which would be thought to offer magical protection during pregnancy.
I would think tattoos to be common to humans ever since we figured out how to get ink delivered subcutaneously.

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The kids these days getting their tattoos… You think they’re giving any thought to how it’s going to look 3,000 years later when they’re mummified? Not a bit.


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Possibly creepy in the context of being a 3000-year-old mummy — and what does not in that context? — but I’d say they’d’ve looked pretty cool back in the day.


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The other tattoos (like, for example, Ötzi’s), were lines and dots that seem to have purely medicinal purposes. What’s new here is that there are actual hieroglyphics with symbolic/religious meaning. But this wasn’t rare, either - there’s the known imagery of Egyptian priestesses with animal “paintings” on their bodies, which this reveals were most likely actually tattoos as well.


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