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Some Of The Oldest-Ever Tattoos Found On Egyptian Mummies

Thanks to new technology, archaeologists in the British Museum have just discovered what they say are the earliest-known body art displaying figures.
Egyptologists say that these markings on a predynastic male mummy, revealed using infrared imaging, are tattoos showing two animals. Source: Courtesy of Renee Friedman

The two well-preserved mummies from Egypt's Gebelein site – a male and a female — have been in the British Museum's collection for more than 100 years.

But thanks to new technology, archaeologists have just discovered that they have some of the world's oldest tattoos – and what they say are the earliest known to contain figures.

Oxford professor had been using a handheld infrared camera to examine

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