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Weird News Infrared images reveal hidden tattoos on Egyptian female mummies

18:10  03 december  2019
18:10  03 december  2019 Source:   foxnews.com

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A female mummy found in 1891 bore the first known tattoo from ancient Egypt . More recently, archaeologist Renée Friedman of the University of Oxford in England used infrared imaging to reveal tattoos on one male and one female Egyptian mummy housed at the British Museum in London

SmartNews Keeping you current. Infrared Reveals Egyptian Mummies ’ Hidden Tattoos . The mummies of seven women found at Egypt ’s Deir el-Medina site bear tattoos including crosses, baboons and hieroglyphics. More than 30 tattoos are scattered across this female mummy 's skin.

CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 13:  A coffin containing the mummy of a young girl is displayed at the Field Museum on March 13, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. The artifact is part of the new Mummies exhibit which opens to the public on March 16 and features mummies from ancient Egypt and Peru.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) © Getty CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 13: A coffin containing the mummy of a young girl is displayed at the Field Museum on March 13, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. The artifact is part of the new Mummies exhibit which opens to the public on March 16 and features mummies from ancient Egypt and Peru. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) Thanks to high-tech photography, researchers can now see previously hidden tattoos on ancient Egyptian mummies.

Infrared photography was used to help identify tattoos on seven mummified Egyptians dating as far back as around 1000 B.C. at a site known as Deir el-Medina, according to archaeologist Anne Austin of the University of Missouri-St. Louis, who recently reported her findings at a meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research.

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Infrared Reveals Egyptian Mummies ’ Hidden Tattoos . The mummies of seven women found at Egypt ’s Deir el-Medina site bear tattoos including crosses, baboons and hieroglyphics. More than 30 tattoos are scattered across this female mummy 's skin.

Infrared images show a range of markings on seven female mummies , raising questions about ancient Egyptian tattoo traditions. Read more.

Prior to these discoveries, tattoos had only been found on six mummies over more than 100 years of research at ancient sites in Egypt.

"When I first saw [the tattoos] with infrared, I felt both the thrill of discovery and the magic of this new technology," Austin told Fox News via email. "We were able to identify dozens of tattoos in a previous mummy published in 2017, which showed imagery of religious symbols, floral motifs and important animals like the cows of the goddess Hathor."

Austin explained to Fox News that the more recent finds have established tattoos on other mummies, but they have not yet detected anything identifiable by symbol and place.

"It's highly likely that with more evidence, we'll find clearer patterns to the location and symbolism of these tattoos, but that will have to wait we've conducted more research," she said.

One expert told Science News that the new discoveries could help researchers determine how the markings were used.

“Everything about the new tattoo discoveries is surprising because so little is known about this ancient Egyptian practice,” Egyptologist Kerry Muhlestein of Brigham Young University told Science News.

Experts in the U.K. found figurative tattoos on two ancient Egyptian mummies last year and published their findings in the Journal of Archaeological Science. The world's oldest figurative tattoos were found on Ötzi the Iceman, which is an approximately 5,300-year-old Neolithic mummy that was discovered in Italy in 1991.

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