Archaeologists discover oldest artistic tattoos ever on 5,000-year-old Egyptian mummy

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We often think of tattoo art as a relatively new phenomenon but evidence of tattoos on humans dates back several thousands of years. Now, the discovery of artistic tattoos on an two Egyptian mummies dating back 5,000 years is helping to rewrite history in a big way.

The tattoos, which depict animals including a wild bull and sheep as well as S-shaped markings, were discovered on a pair of mummies which are believed to have lived between 3351 BC and 3017 BC. The two mummies, one man and one woman, are incredibly significant not only because their tattoos are much older than any others previously observed, but also because men from that period of Egyptian history have never before been found with tattoos. News of the discovery is detailed in a new report in the Journal of Archaeological Science.

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