1,300 year-old mummy and her intimate tattoo
Hospital scans help British Museum discover the secrets Egyptians took to their grave, including one woman’s intimate tattoo
Ever since time immemorial tattoos have been part of mankind history, however in recent times tattoos seem to have become more present and “in our face” so to speak. Remember when it was cool to tat the name of your love or lover on your arm? How about Sailors and MOM on their forearm? “Tramp stamps” on the lower back? Well seems even Ancients as far back as 1300 years ago, would tattoo their “loves” on their body. However, one “20 something” that died 1300 years ago and then became mummified has caused quite the stir. Why?
You won’t believe the ancient out of this world – rock star she has tattooed on an intimate place on her body.
Here is the tattoo and the full story begins below:
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.
Subjecting the corpses to the most advanced scientific techniques, including sending the mummies to hospitals around London for CAT scans – the museum’s Egyptologists have been able to build up the most detailed picture yet of what lies beneath the sarcophagi and bandage-wrapped bodies.
The exhibition called Ancient Lives: New Discoveries, which opens in May, will show mummies in a new – and often ordinary – light.
The exhibition is likely to be one of the most successful ever staged by the British Museum and follows in a fine tradition of blockbuster displays based on archaeological finds from ancient Egypt. The Treasures of Tutankhamun, staged at the museum in 1972, attracted more than 1.6 million visitors.
The new exhibition looks at those living along the ancient Nile from royalty to more ordinary inhabitants.
Mummification, the curators are keen to point out, was not the sole preserve (pardon the pun) of pharaohs. Curators have deliberately chosen mummies from different eras and different backgrounds to cast them in a new light.
The oldest of the mummies to undergo scientific testing is more than 5,500 years old and dates back to 3,500 BC. The most recent example is a female aged between 20 and 35, who lived about 1,300 years ago.