A mummy with tattoos of flowers and animals puzzles archaeologists - RT

A mummy with tattoos of flowers and animals puzzles archaeologists - RT

A mummy with tattoos of flowers and animals puzzles archaeologists - RT

Specialists and archaeologists who analyzed the remains of a mummy from an ancient Egyptian woman about 3,000 years ago with infrared rays have discovered many tattoo marks on their skin with animal, flower and plants that, according to them, could have some relation with religious rituals of the time, reports Nature magazine.

This mummy, discovered by archaeologists in the 19th century near the Valley of the Kings, an Egyptian necropolis near Luxor that retains the tombs of most of the pharaohs, dates back to the time of Ramesses I and his successors, between 1300 BC and 1070 BC

The tattoos could not be seen with the naked eye, but with the help of an infrared scanner, the specialists were able to observe more precisely the surface of the body and discover these handmade marks on their skin.

The hips of the mummy were painted with drawings of lotus flowers, on the arms presented cows drawn and on the shoulders, baboons. In addition, the areas of the chest, neck and back were covered with tattoos with symbols from the eye of Horus, which were to protect her against evil.

Archaeologist in charge of research, Anne Austin, Standford, USA, assumes that tattoos could be an indication of the social status of its owner and that, surely, this mummified woman was a priestess of the Egyptian goddess of beauty Hathor. The tattoos on her arms and neck would serve the woman to emphasize her movements while dancing or singing in the rituals, whereas the eyes of Horus would indicate its sacred position of Priestess.

The archaeologist hopes to find more tattoos in other mummies with the help of new technologies and methods of last generation, which will help to better understand the purpose and essence of these drawings.

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