Thursday, February 5, 2015

Ötzi the Iceman's Tattoos

We're counting Ötzi the Iceman as an honorary participant in the MPT blog, since he is inside a museum and he does have tattoos!

This cool article from Discover magazine, highlights how anthropologists have mapped the tattoos on Ötzi's  5,300-year-old remains using a new imaging technique.

Researchers hope this new census of the tattoos will help explain why Ötzi may have had the over 60 distinct linear designs on his body.  The tattoos may have indicated the locations for acupuncture treatments, or perhaps the tattoos were the treatment for various injuries.

Interesting to think that we can still discover new things from some very old tattoos!

Want to share your own story and tattoo?
Email Beth: bredmondjones (at) sdnhm (dot) org or Paul: info (at) orselli (dot) net.