The oldest tattoo world
• The oldest tattoo in the world
There is a misconception that the tattoo - a relatively new trend. Say, our ancestors simply had neither the capacity nor the desire to decorate their body paint. In fact, the art of tattooing could be called the third oldest profession in the world, most recently, scientists have discovered a tattooed mummy, whose age exceeds as many as five thousand years. Moreover, it found tattoos, which are now considered to be the oldest in the world.
Despite the somewhat marginal perception of tattoos in many social strata, scientists around the world gladly devote the whole art work. Most recently he determined the owner of the oldest tattoo in the world: they became the ECR, whose age is estimated by experts in 5300 years.
The mummy Ötzi was found in the Tyrolean mountains back in 1991. All body of ancient man covered with simple tattoo, which is a set of points and bands performed, however, quite skillfully. In total there are 61 body of Ötzi tattoo.
A little scientists have not previously been so unambiguous in its decision. Many of them believed that the oldest should be considered as a tattoo found on the body of the mummy from South America. The man died in 4000 BC, and the tattoo is a thin mustache.
The published last month the work of Lars Krutakov refutes initially claimed age of the mummy from Chile. Lars performing the duties of research assistant in the Department of Anthropology of the National Museum of Natural History of the Smithsonian Institution, is confident that the old tattoo in the world belongs to the ECR.
The art of tattooing is known to mankind since ancient times. To date there written evidence that tattooing was practiced as early as the fifth century BC. Special-spread this practice in Greece and China.
Yes, Ötzi tattoo - is a unique and one of the most ancient examples of tattoos in the history of mankind. But the tattoo culture in itself has a much larger story than these tattoos. And in various museums around the world there is a huge number of mummies who convinced us to hide many secrets - Lars Krutakov
Therefore, the scientists were surprised both found the mummy: it would be logical to detect body with traces of tattooing in other cultures. Age mummies Chinchorro people tested by repeated radiocarbon analysis. The result confirmed the speculation Lars: mummy from South America by as much as 500 years younger than the ECR.