Therapeutic Tattoos and Ancient Mummies: The Case of the Iceman

@inproceedings{PiombinoMascali2020TherapeuticTA,
  title={Therapeutic Tattoos and Ancient Mummies: The Case of the Iceman},
  author={Dario Piombino‐Mascali and Lars F. Krutak},
  year={2020}
}
Tattoos have been reported from human remains representing a wide range of cultures and time periods. While the practice of tattooing can be studied using a variety of types of historical evidence, antiquity leaves only naturally and deliberately preserved human skin as a direct source. Today, scholarly research recognizes the Tyrolean Iceman known as Otzi, dating from 5300 years ago, as the mummy with the oldest tattoos. A complete mapping of this mummy’s tattoos was recently reported. This… 

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