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Tattoo Discovered on Ancient Egyptian Mummy
Archaeology ^ | Monday, March 24, 2014 | unattributed

Posted on 03/24/2014 12:58:46 PM PDT by SunkenCiv

CT scans and the use of infra-red technology on the naturally mummified remains of a woman who lived in in a Christian community in the Sudan 1,300 years ago have revealed a tattoo on her inner thigh. The tattoo is a symbol of the Archangel Michael, assembled from ancient Greek letters. “She is the first evidence of a tattoo from the period. This is a very rare find,” Daniel Antoin, curator of physical anthropology at the British Museum, told The Telegraph. The woman’s remains are part of a special exhibition of eight mummies and what technology has revealed about their lives.

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TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: ancientautopsies; archangelmichael; bodyart; egypt; godsgravesglyphs; illustratedwoman; sudan; tattoo; tattoos
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1 posted on 03/24/2014 12:58:46 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
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To: StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; 2ndDivisionVet; ...
In before the graverobbing / desecration comments start flying.

2 posted on 03/24/2014 1:00:02 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

3 posted on 03/24/2014 1:00:44 PM PDT by Oliviaforever
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To: SunkenCiv

Smart Aleck alert: It’s a tat of forerunners of the Crypts, bro.


4 posted on 03/24/2014 1:01:29 PM PDT by VRW Conspirator ( 2+2 = V)
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To: Oliviaforever

5 posted on 03/24/2014 1:02:37 PM PDT by Oliviaforever
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To: SunkenCiv

6 posted on 03/24/2014 1:04:35 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Tijeras_Slim

A lot of people don’t realize that Edgar Allen Poe’s poem “To Helen” wasn’t about Helen of Troy, but rather about a woman he had dated, I think her last name was Back.


7 posted on 03/24/2014 1:10:26 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Oliviaforever

Wow, that’s some nice recursion! :’)


8 posted on 03/24/2014 1:10:47 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: VRW Conspirator

Henna nother thing...


9 posted on 03/24/2014 1:11:17 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

Purely chronological, I was thinking “Thomas”.


10 posted on 03/24/2014 1:14:37 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: SunkenCiv

Call A&E and get the guys from Bad Ink to clean it up


11 posted on 03/24/2014 1:16:37 PM PDT by BubbaJunebug
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To: SunkenCiv
a tattoo on her inner thigh

Ancient tramp stamp.

12 posted on 03/24/2014 1:29:37 PM PDT by edpc (Wilby 2016)
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To: edpc
Ancient tramp stamp.

Visual pointer to her cooter?
13 posted on 03/24/2014 1:32:54 PM PDT by jrg
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To: jrg

You’d kind of think the letters would relate to St. Peter, being they’re near heaven’s gate.


14 posted on 03/24/2014 1:42:56 PM PDT by edpc (Wilby 2016)
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It’s a Greek symbol for the Archangel Michael, must have been a risky thing to wear in the open in the 7th c. :’)


15 posted on 03/24/2014 1:43:39 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

Oh, duh, sorry. :’) I’d managed to push that old bat out of my mind.


16 posted on 03/24/2014 1:47:01 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Oliviaforever

A tattoo of Tattoo.


17 posted on 03/24/2014 1:48:40 PM PDT by lepton ("It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into"--Jonathan Swift)
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To: SunkenCiv
“To Helen” wasn’t about Helen of Troy, but rather about a woman he had dated,...

The first reference I came across stated that Helen was the mother of his boyhood chum.

While Poe was always a bit strange, having a crush on an older woman as a teenager isn't all that atypical, especially given Poe's chaotic upbringing.

18 posted on 03/24/2014 1:54:20 PM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: edpc
a tattoo on her inner thigh

Speaking of which, Bonnie Parker had her husband's first name, Roy, tattooed on her thigh.

I wonder what Clyde thought of it.?

19 posted on 03/24/2014 2:00:21 PM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: SunkenCiv

To Hel en Back?


20 posted on 03/24/2014 2:01:43 PM PDT by 353FMG
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To: SunkenCiv

"I'd hit it!" ~Mike T.

< /Bubba off >

21 posted on 03/24/2014 2:02:52 PM PDT by mikrofon (She coulda' been a Knockout...)
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To: SunkenCiv

The first “Tramp Stamp” at the small of her back?


22 posted on 03/24/2014 2:12:13 PM PDT by Sybeck1
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To: Sybeck1

It said, in Roman, “my name is Cleopatra”


23 posted on 03/24/2014 2:13:39 PM PDT by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem)
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To: SunkenCiv

Interesting. I wouldn’t have thought tattoing was done in the Sudan - I would have thought scarification only would show.


24 posted on 03/24/2014 2:23:34 PM PDT by OldNewYork
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Actually kind of repelled by most comments. She was Christian and it was a Christian symbol and I am a Christian.


25 posted on 03/24/2014 3:33:00 PM PDT by ZULU (Si vis pacem, para bellum)
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To: jrg
Visual pointer...

maybe, but maybe not in a tramp-stamp way. St. Michael does a lot of things. He guards Eve's body, protects the Nile River, saves souls out from under Satan's nose. A knight in shining armour against evil and Satan. He's a healer, too, and so a protector of women.

Given the tatoo's location, which midwives would certainly observe on a regular basis, the tatoo could been a talisman of protection against death during childbirth, or maybe even a strong visual warning against sexual violation.

26 posted on 03/24/2014 4:58:53 PM PDT by blueplum
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To: Sybeck1
“Tramp Stamp”

"Ass Antlers"

27 posted on 03/24/2014 5:00:39 PM PDT by Doomonyou (Let them eat Lead.)
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To: SunkenCiv

a tattoo on her inner thigh


Could be Willie Nelson.


28 posted on 03/24/2014 5:00:45 PM PDT by OwenKellogg (Fundamental transformation leads to lawlessness.)
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To: OwenKellogg

Well, it is always on my mind.


29 posted on 03/24/2014 8:14:32 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv
Oh, duh, sorry. :’) I’d managed to push that old bat out of my mind.

"Hell and Thomas... Slowly I turned, step by step, inch by inch..."


30 posted on 03/25/2014 3:39:09 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The Texas judge's decision was to pave the way for same sex divorce for two Massachusetts women.)
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To: ZULU

I’m not sure about some of these comments either. My understanding was that tattooing was originally for healing, sometimes a simple cross tattooed with ink made from a particular wood’s ash and placed over an area experiencing pain, like on a shoulder or something. I was surprised a bit by this one though because the Christian faith I’m from doesn’t allow tattoos, or at least didn’t used to.


31 posted on 03/25/2014 2:22:30 PM PDT by OldNewYork
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To: SunkenCiv

Is Sudan in Egypt again?


32 posted on 03/25/2014 2:28:37 PM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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They share the Lake Nasser waters (such as they are) and perhaps electrical power from the dam, but I’m not sure about the latter; when the Aswan High Dam went into use, the dynamos provided a huge percentage of Egypt’s electricity, but thanks to dropping water level and (mostly) the massive change in population and per capita use, it’s down below 10% somewhere.


33 posted on 03/25/2014 4:17:42 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv
I might be stretching here, but perhaps it was a tattoo to mark her as a christian, done against her will...

Branded her... for her belief..

The 7th century wasn't exactly great times to be a Christian..

34 posted on 03/25/2014 4:26:49 PM PDT by Popman ("Resistance to Tyrants is Obedience to God" - Thomas Jefferson)
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