Egypt: scientists discover world's oldest tattoos
(MENAFN) The oldest figurative tattoos in the world on the upper arms of two ancient Egyptian mummies have been discovered by researchers, the British Museum announced.
A male mummy was found to have tattoos portraying a wild bull and a Barbary sheep on its upper arm, while a female has linear and S-shaped motifs on its upper arm and shoulder.
"It's actually providing completely new insights into the use of tattooing," Daniel Antoine, curator of physical anthropology at the British Museum, told Reuters.
"The location of these tattoos suggests they were designed to be highly visible on the upper arm and the shoulder," he said, adding that the discoveries push back by 1,000 years evidence for tattooing in Africa.
It's worth mentioning that the mummies were uncovered 100 years ago in the Egyptian town of Gebelein, around 40 km (24 miles) south of modern-day Luxor. They date to 3351 to 3017 BC, which is the Predynatic period before Egypt was unified by the first Pharaoh.
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