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Tattoos - The Ancient And Mysterious History
Smothsonian Magazine ^ | 1-3-2007 | Cate Lineberry

Posted on 01/03/2007 3:20:58 PM PST by blam

Tattoos - The Ancient and Mysterious History

By Cate Lineberry

Humans have marked their bodies with tattoos for thousands of years. These permanent designs—sometimes plain, sometimes elaborate, always personal—have served as amulets, status symbols, declarations of love, signs of religious beliefs, adornments and even forms of punishment. Joann Fletcher, research fellow in the department of archaeology at the University of York in Britain, describes the history of tattoos and their cultural significance to people around the world, from the famous " Iceman," a 5,200-year-old frozen mummy, to today’s Maori.

What is the earliest evidence of tattoos?

In terms of tattoos on actual bodies, the earliest known examples were for a long time Egyptian and were present on several female mummies dated to c. 2000 B.C. But following the more recent discovery of the Iceman from the area of the Italian-Austrian border in 1991 and his tattoo patterns, this date has been pushed back a further thousand years when he was carbon-dated at around 5,200 years old.

Can you describe the tattoos on the Iceman and their significance?

Following discussions with my colleague Professor Don Brothwell of the University of York, one of the specialists who examined him, the distribution of 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 therefore essentially therapeutic. This would also explain their somewhat 'random' distribution in areas of the body which would not have been that easy to display had they been applied as a form of status marker.

What is the evidence that ancient Egyptians had tattoos?

(Excerpt) Read more at smithsonianmagazine.com ...


TOPICS: History
KEYWORDS: godsgravesglyphs; history; iceman; mysterious; oetzi; smithsonian; tattoos

1 posted on 01/03/2007 3:21:03 PM PST by blam
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To: SunkenCiv

GGG Ping.


2 posted on 01/03/2007 3:21:36 PM PST by blam
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To: blam; Doomonyou

Now HERE is a tattoo (courtesy of doomonyou)

Content WARNING - Gross

img src = http://i18.tinypic.com/2r5gg1f.jpg


3 posted on 01/03/2007 3:28:14 PM PST by BenLurkin (O beautiful for patriot dream, that sees beyond the years)
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To: BenLurkin

That's a good look for him.


5 posted on 01/03/2007 3:36:29 PM PST by randog (What the...?!)
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To: jdm

I errr..ummm..accidently found the website where miss spears forgot part of her wardrobe and I could no longer see that tattoo.....

funny thing....I did see other stuff of interest though.


6 posted on 01/03/2007 4:16:16 PM PST by Vaquero (Moderate Islam is Radical Islams Trojan horse in the West)
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To: jdm

WOW, glad she had that picture taken then, look at the one Drudge has been running for the NOW shot.


7 posted on 01/03/2007 4:17:17 PM PST by edcoil (Reality doesn't say much - doesn't need too)
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To: jdm
If thou beest born to strange sights,
Things invisible to see,
Ride ten thousand days and nights,
Till age snow white hairs on thee.
Thou, when thou return'st wilt tell me,
All strange wonders that befell thee,
And swear,
Nowhere,
Lives a women true, and fair.
8 posted on 01/03/2007 4:25:46 PM PST by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: BenLurkin
I kinda like it. Pending approval from Mrs. Doomonyou, I'm gonna get one just like it!

(The other Deacons at our Church will love it.)

9 posted on 01/03/2007 4:48:15 PM PST by Doomonyou (I voted and all I got was a FUBAR Congress.)
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To: blam
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"Has anybody seen my hand?"

10 posted on 01/03/2007 5:14:30 PM PST by lesser_satan (EKTHELTHIOR!!!)
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To: jdm

who's that?


11 posted on 01/03/2007 5:26:14 PM PST by Centurion2000 (Judges' orders cannot stop determined criminals. Firearms and the WILL to use them can.)
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To: blam
Tatoos are against God's law. The Bible warns against any writings on the body.
12 posted on 01/03/2007 5:31:19 PM PST by NRA2BFree (May you always have love to share, health to spare, and friends that care.)
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To: Centurion2000
who's that?

Britney Spears, Rolling Stone shoot, October 2003.

13 posted on 01/03/2007 6:46:39 PM PST by jdm
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To: Doomonyou

Uh.....hmmmmm.......errr......


14 posted on 01/03/2007 7:37:51 PM PST by BenLurkin (O beautiful for patriot dream, that sees beyond the years)
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To: blam; FairOpinion; StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; 24Karet; 3AngelaD; 49th; ...
Thanks Blam.

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15 posted on 01/03/2007 10:18:09 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Ahmedumbass and the mullahcracy is doomed. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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