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World’s oldest tattoo tools were discovered


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World’s oldest tattoo tools were discovered

World’s oldest tattoo tools were discovered

One of the most used forms of body modification in the world is tattooing . It is an art made on human skin with a subcutaneous application with pigments that are injected through needles.

There are people who love and people who hate. Those who are adept at tattooing say that once you get the first one, you don’t want to stop. Records of early tattoos are old. Records have already been found in ancient Egypt. In the same way that evidence of drawings on the skin has also been found in different peoples from ancient cultures. Independently, this type of artistic expression was emerging in different parts of the world, until, once and for all, it became popular today.

Tattoos are now very common. It’s becoming difficult to find someone who doesn’t have at least one design or a phrase on their skin. There are amazing works that will take anyone’s breath away. And with the advancement of technology, the art of tattooing has also changed.

Tools

One of the most used forms of body modification in the world is tattooing . It is an art made on human skin with a subcutaneous application with pigments that are injected through needles.

There are people who love and people who hate. Those who are adept at tattooing say that once you get the first one, you don’t want to stop. Records of early tattoos are old. Records have already been found in ancient Egypt. In the same way that evidence of drawings on the skin has also been found in different peoples from ancient cultures. Independently, this type of artistic expression was emerging in different parts of the world, until, once and for all, it became popular today.

Tattoos are now very common. It’s becoming difficult to find someone who doesn’t have at least one design or a phrase on their skin. There are amazing works that will take anyone’s breath away. And with the advancement of technology, the art of tattooing has also changed.

However, finding old tattoo tools, or even recognizing them, is a very difficult thing. However, new microscopic studies of two sharp-tipped turkey leg bones are hints that North American natives used these items as a tattoo tool between 5,520 and 3,620 years ago.

According to archaeologist Aaron Deter-Wolf of the Tennessee Archeology Division in Nashville, the bones are stained with pigment and are the oldest known tattoo tools in the world.

This finding suggests that Native American tattooing traditions in eastern North America go back more than a millennium earlier than previously thought.

The Iceman, named Otzi, who lived about 5,250 years in Europe, has the oldest tattoos known. However, researchers have not found any tools that were used to make these tattoos on the Iceman.

Discovery

The turkey bones were revealed in an excavation in 1985. Along with them were other elements of a probable tattoo kit. They were found in a man’s grave at the Fernvale, Tennessee site.

“The damage to the tips of the two bones of turkey legs resembles the characteristic wear previously observed in experimental tattoo tools made from deer bones,” noted the Deter-Wolf team.

In the research, lines tattooed in pigskin were made by a series of punctures with tools that had tips coated in homemade paint. This experimental tattoo left ink remnants of several millimeters on the tips of the tools. What was a pattern seen also with red and black pigment residues on Fernvale’s tools.

The two turkey wing bones that were found in the same grave at Fernvale have microscopic wear and pigment residue that are likely a result of the application of pigment in the tattoo making process.

Also, the shells and axes found in the grave may have been solutions where tattoo artists dipped these tools to do their job.