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1,300 year-old mummy and her intimate tattoo
Telegraph ^ | March 27, 2014 | Robert Mendick

Posted on 03/28/2014 4:16:37 AM PDT by NYer

Wrapped in bandages and caricatured as figures of terror in Hollywood movies, Egypt’s mummies have long captivated and bewildered scientists and children alike.

Now a new exhibition at the British Museum will disclose the human side of the mummies of the Nile.

Eight have been – scientifically speaking – stripped bare revealing secrets taken to the grave thousands of years ago.

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One of the mummies, whose remains were found just seven years ago, was so well preserved that archaeologists could almost make out the tattoo on her skin on the inner thigh of her right leg with the naked eye. Infra-red technology helped define it more clearly.

The woman, aged between 20 and 35, had been buried wrapped in a linen and woollen cloth and her remains had mummified in the dry heat. The tattoo has been deciphered by curators and spells out in ancient Greek – M-I-X-A-H-A, or Michael.

The owner of the tattoo was a woman who died in about AD 700 and lived in a Christian community on the banks of the Nile.

The tattoo represents the symbol of the Archangel Michael, who features in both the Old and New Testaments. The symbol has previously been found in ancient churches and on stone tablets, but never before in the form of a tattoo.

“You can see her tattoo really clearly using infra red reflectography,” said Dr Antoine, “The tattoo on her right inner thigh represents a monogram that spells Michael in ancient Greek.

“She is the first evidence of a tattoo from this period. This is a very rare find.”


(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: ancientautopsies; archangelmichael; epigraphyandlanguage; godsgravesglyphs; mummy; tattoo
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1 posted on 03/28/2014 4:16:37 AM PDT by NYer
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To: Tax-chick; GregB; Berlin_Freeper; SumProVita; narses; bboop; SevenofNine; Ronaldus Magnus; tiki; ...

Ping!


2 posted on 03/28/2014 4:16:56 AM PDT by NYer ("You are a puff of smoke that appears briefly and then disappears." James 4:14)
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To: SunkenCiv

Ping!


3 posted on 03/28/2014 4:17:15 AM PDT by NYer ("You are a puff of smoke that appears briefly and then disappears." James 4:14)
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To: NYer

“Tattoos - while you wait.”


4 posted on 03/28/2014 4:18:41 AM PDT by eCSMaster ("It is not the color of his skin, ... it is the blackness that fills his soul")
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To: NYer

I wonder if it is like a cattle brand, indicating she was the property of Michael.


5 posted on 03/28/2014 4:20:31 AM PDT by Erik Latranyi (When religions have to beg the gov't for a waiver, we are already under socialism.)
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To: eCSMaster
NO one is asking ...

How far 'inner' in the thigh and what would a woman tattooing a man's name in her 'inner' thigh be thinking?

You ladies that have such tats ... you know what YOU were thinking ... DON'T you ?

6 posted on 03/28/2014 4:21:43 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true .. I have no proof .. but they're true.)
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To: NYer

Another story about Nancy Piglosi ???


7 posted on 03/28/2014 4:28:07 AM PDT by Iron Munro (The future ain't what it use to be -- Yogi Berra)
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To: NYer

My first impression was butterfly but the archangel seems to be a modern phenomenon as well. The depiction above is the least elaborate modern example I could find.

8 posted on 03/28/2014 4:28:21 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: NYer

Probably the brand of her owner


9 posted on 03/28/2014 4:32:40 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: NYer

Gives new meaning to the phrase “Tattoos are forever”


10 posted on 03/28/2014 4:33:35 AM PDT by CIB-173RDABN (I do not doubt that our climate changes. I only doubt that anything man does has any effect.)
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To: GeronL

No. That sure looks like a Christian cross.


11 posted on 03/28/2014 4:33:39 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: NYer

Did they check for a tramp stamp?


12 posted on 03/28/2014 4:35:11 AM PDT by KSCITYBOY
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To: Biggirl

I doubt that it is


13 posted on 03/28/2014 4:35:22 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: GeronL

For you that is.


14 posted on 03/28/2014 4:35:56 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: NYer

Very early Christian art forms.


15 posted on 03/28/2014 4:41:30 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: GeronL

Obviously you did not finish reading the article.


16 posted on 03/28/2014 4:41:32 AM PDT by Justa
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To: NYer

Looks like she promised herself to someone named michael
If she wasn’t entombed with him ...
Egypt her


17 posted on 03/28/2014 4:43:39 AM PDT by daku
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To: NYer

could this have been added after death as some form of burial ritual?

Because body tattoos are stickly prohibited in the bible


18 posted on 03/28/2014 5:05:30 AM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied .. the economy died.)
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To: NYer

Has Bill Clinton asked her for a date?


19 posted on 03/28/2014 5:12:57 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: NYer

Given the name, the hidden location, that it was in Greek, and she lived in the 700’s, I’d say that she was a “secret Christian” during the time of Muslim conquering. Christians were not allowed to wear signs of their faith in most Muslim lands.


20 posted on 03/28/2014 5:26:06 AM PDT by VanShuyten ("a shadow...draped nobly in the folds of a gorgeous eloquence.")
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