Skip to comments.Mystery of 3,000-year-old Egyptian mummy with 'magical' tattoos solved
Posted on 10/25/2018 2:03:05 PM PDT by ETL
A portion of an ancient Egyptian mummy buried inside a Luxor tomb in 2014 was covered in tattoos some symbols so well-preserved, that researchers were able to clearly label them. But identifying the person behind the markings proved more difficult. After years of research, Egyptian authorities believe they finally have a clearer picture of who this now 3,000-year-old person was.
Remains of the mummy, which had more than 23 different tattoos displayed across various parts of the body, were uncovered by researchers with the French Institute of Oriental Archaeology during an excavation expedition in historical site Deir el-Medina on the west bank of Luxor. Images of bulls, cows, lotus flowers and, most notably, the "magical" Udjat eye an Egyptian symbol of royal power and health, personified by the goddess Wadjet that covered the upper body of the mummy lead researchers to believe it was a woman.
"Radiographic data together with analysis of the tattoos demonstrates that tattooing in Egypt was used to permanently and publicly display female religious identities," Anne Austin, a Stanford University archaeologist who studied the ancient body, explained in a 2016 paper. "The presence of multiple instances of tattooing in a single individual further demonstrates that ones religious identity could evolve and grow throughout adulthood."
Dr. Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, confirmed Austin's hypothesis last week.
"Scientific and archaeological studies reveal that it is the mummy of a woman who probably lived between 1300 and 1070 B.C. and died when her age ranged between 25 and 34 years," Waziri said in a statement to International News on Oct. 18.
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You can change your clothes daily and as styles change. You can change your hairstyle. But those tats stay with you for thousands of years.
I wonder what she died of?
And thousands and thousands.................
She didn't have time for her dolphins to turn into killer whales.
Translate they read “ Make America Great Again”.
Prison tattoos of the era...
My husband and I sat with Helen Thomass niece on a cross country flight. She was absolutely stunningly beautiful, the men on the flight were enthralled, including my husband. We talked the entire trip, and she was solidly pro-life, she was also of middle eastern descent. She claimed when family was together, they never talked politics.
Did they check the back hips for the word “Juicy?”
“You shall not make any cuts on your body for the dead or tattoo yourselves: I am the LORD.” Leviticus 19:28
Below: an artist's depiction of how the woman may have looked.
That artist is dreaming.
As beautiful as she is, I still think the tattoos detract from her beauty.
Average life expectancy at that time was 30-34 years. She would have been considered to be old.
That wasn’t really an artist’s depiction. But based on some ancient Egypt wall paintings I’ve seen, there were a lot of pretty women around then. Unless they made them all look good in their artwork? I actually can’t recall ever seeing an ugly woman in an ancient work of Egyptian art.
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