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Tattoos have been used to decorate people’s bodies for thousands of years. These permanent patterns, which have acted as amulets, status symbols, declarations of love, religious symbols, adornments, and even forms of punishment, have been used as amulets, status symbols, declarations of love, religious symbols, adornments, and even forms of punishment. From the popular ” Iceman,” a 5,200-year-old frozen mummy, to today’s Maori, Joann Fletcher, research fellow in the department of archaeology at the University of York in the United Kingdom, explains the origins of tattoos and their cultural significance to people all over the world.

The earliest known examples of tattoos on actual bodies were for a long time Egyptian and were found on many female mummies dated to about 2000 B.C. However, after the 1991 discovery of the Iceman near the Italian-Austrian border and the discovery of his tattoo patterns, the date was moved back a thousand years when he was carbon-dated at about 5,200 years old. To get more info about equipment click here.

Can you explain the meaning of the Iceman’s tattoos?

Following discussions with one of the specialists who examined him, Professor Don Brothwell of the University of York, the tattooed dots and small crosses on his lower spine and right knee and ankle joints correspond to areas of strain-induced degeneration, with the suggestion that they may have been applied to alleviate joint pain and were thus essentially th This will also clarify their ‘random’ distribution in areas of the body that would have been difficult to display if they had been used as a status marker.

What is the proof that ancient Egyptians had tattoos?

From figurines c. 4000-3500 B.C. to occasional female figures depicted in tomb scenes c. 1200 B.C. and in figurine form c. 1300 B.C., all with tattoos on their legs, there is definitely evidence that women had tattoos on their bodies and limbs. Small bronze instruments known as tattooing tools were also discovered at the Gurob town site in northern Egypt, and they were dated to about 1450 B.C. Then there are the mummies with tattoos, which range from the three women described earlier and dated to about 2000 B.C. to several later examples of female mummies with these types of permanent markings discovered in Greco-Roman burials at Akhmim.

What was the purpose of these tattoos? Who got them and why did they get them?

Mummies discovered with tattoos were generally ignored by (male) excavators who seemed to believe the women were of “dubious status,” identified in some cases as “dancing girls,” since this seemed to be an exclusively female tradition in ancient Egypt. Despite this, the female mummies were buried in an area synonymous with royal and elite burials at Deir el-Bahari (opposite modern Luxor), and we know that at least one of the women identified as “possibly a royal concubine” was actually a high-status priestess called Amunet, as revealed by her funerary inscriptions. For more info click here.

Although it has long been believed that such tattoos were worn by prostitutes or were intended to shield women from sexually transmitted diseases, I believe that ancient Egyptian women’s tattooing served a medicinal purpose and served as a permanent form of amulet during the difficult period of pregnancy and childbirth. This is supported by the distribution pattern, which is centred on the abdomen and extends to the tops of the thighs which breasts, and can also illustrate the specific types of designs, such as the net-like distribution of dots added to the abdomen. This pattern would extend in a defensive manner during pregnancy, similar to how bead nets were put over wrapped mummies to shield them and “keep all in.” Since Bes was the protector of women in labour, and his place at the tops of the thighs a suitable spot, putting small figures of the household deity Bes at the tops of their thighs would indicate the use of tattoos as a means of safeguarding the actual birth. This would explain why tattoos are mostly a female practise.