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Due to the high-end photography, researchers can now see the previously hidden tattoos on Egyptian mummies.
Infrared photography has been used to help identify the tattoos of seven mummified Egyptians, dating as far back as the year 1000 B. C., at a site known as Deir el-Medina, according to archaeologist Anne Austin, the University of Missouri-St. Louis, who recently reported her findings at a meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research.
Prior to this discovery, and tattoos, had only been found in six mummies and more than 100 years of research on ancient sites in the world.
“When I first saw it, [the tattoos] with the infrared, I could feel both the thrill of discovery and the magic of this new technology,” Austin told Fox News by e-mail. “We were able to identify dozens of tattoos and a previous most recent was published in march of 2017, which showed images of religious symbols, floral designs and are important to animals such as the cow of the goddess Hathor.”
Austin explained to Fox News that one of the recent finds has been set up to hide the tattoos are on different paths, but they have yet to discover anything that are identifiable by the symbol and take its place.
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As a researcher, an ancient Egyptian mummy’s shoulder to tattoos, with an infra-red scanner.
(Photo courtesy of Anne Austin)
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“It is very likely that with more evidence, we find the patterns more clearly, the location, and the symbolic meaning of these tattoos, but that will have to wait for that, we have carried out more research,” she said.
One expert told Science News that the new discovery could help researchers determine how the marks have been used.
“Everything about the new tattoo for a discovery, it is surprising that so little is known about this ancient Egyptian practice,” the Egyptologist, Kerry Muhlestein of Brigham Young University, told Science News.
Experts in the united kingdom, found a doll with tattoos in two ancient Egyptian mummies from the previous year, and have published their findings in the Journal of Archaeological Science. The world’s oldest figurative tattoos have been found on Ötzi the Iceman, which is a roughly 5,300-year-old Neolithic mummy, which was discovered in Italy in 1991.
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Fox News’ James Rogers contributed to this report.