World’s Oldest Tattoos Discovered on 5,000-Year-Old Egypt Mummies

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found on two 5,000-year-old mummies from Africa

Some of the world’s oldest figurative tattoos have been discovered on two 5,000-year-old mummies from Africa. (CBS Image via NEWS 6)

(NEWS 6) – Some of the world’s oldest figurative tattoos have been discovered on two 5,000-year-old mummies from Africa.

Markings depicting a wild bull and a Barbary sheep were found on a male skeleton and a S-shaped motif was unearthed on the bicep and shoulder of a female body. Both are kept at the British Museum.

The findings, published in the Journal of Archaeological Science rolls back evidence of tattooing by 1,000 years.

It also dispels the belief that only women received tats in Predynastic Egypt, the era before the country’s unification in 3,100 BC under a pharoah.

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