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Siberian Mummy’s Tattoos Are 2500 Years Old And Still Fresh

siberian mummy's tattoos

Jwoww, Justin Bieber, and Lady Gaga may make the news when they get a new tattoo but they don’t have anything on the 2500-year-old ink on a recently discovered Ukok princess in the Altai mountains. The Researchers said that the Siberian Mummy’s tattoos are comparable to modern body art and are some of the most complex tattoos ever found on a mummy.

Natalia Polosmak, the lead researcher who discovered the Ukok princess, said:

“Compared to all tattoos found by archeologists around the world, those on the mummies of the Pazyryk people are the most complicated and the most beautiful… It is a phenomenal level of tattoo art. Incredible.”

ABC reports that the Siberian mummy was probably a 25-year-old female. Researchers believe that she belonged to the Pazyryk tribe and was buried about 2500 years ago. Due to the cold in the permafrost the Siberian Mummy’s tattoos were preserved, revealing images of ancient deities.

Polosmak said that the Ukok princess probably decided to get her tattoos for the same reason that Miley Cyrus, Rihanna or anyone else gets a tattoo: to make yourself more beautiful.

Polosmak said:

“I think we have not moved far from Pazyryks in how the tattoos are made. It is still about a craving to make yourself as beautiful as possible.

Polosmak also said that tattoo locations haven’t changed much over the last 25 centuries. According to Polosmak, the place to get a tattoo, for both the Pazyryk tribe and modern people, is on the left shoulder.

Polosmak said:

“We can say that most likely there was – and is – one place on the body for everyone to start putting the tattoos on, and it was a left shoulder. I can assume so because all the mummies we found with just one tattoo had it on their left shoulders. And nowadays this is the same place where people try to put the tattoos on, thousands of years on.”

Here are some photos of the Siberian Mummy’s tattoos.

siberian mummy's tattoos

On her left shoulder, the mummy has a tattoo of a mythical animal: A deer with a griffon’s beak. She has another deer on her wrist.

siberian mummy's tattoos

The Ukok Princess also had tattoos on her hands and fingers. According to the NY Daily News, this, coupled with the fact that she was not buried with a weapon, may point to the fact that she was a storyteller in the tribe.

Here’s a diagram of all of the Siberian Mummy’s tattoos.

siberian mummy's tattoos

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12 Responses to “Siberian Mummy’s Tattoos Are 2500 Years Old And Still Fresh”

  1. Karen Henkels

    This is Pretty interesting that people choose to color themselves with some qustionable pictures at times or to Honor a family member or fallen Comarade or their Country.This I can understand. But these people go too far sometimes and I wouldn't want some of the crap I've seen on people on me ever! Take a picture or do a paitning Beautification No I don't see that I see a Beautiful person who Stained themselves thinking I look Beautiful and everyone else is Laughing at you. Like those Fools who put spinners on their car or Rimms so big it looks like a Stage Coach. Think Before You INK it might stink then you are stuck with it.

  2. Alec Wood

    Comments like that just make you sound like some kind of uneducated dumb hick trailer trash yourself Harry. Cultural values other than the modern white Americans' ones have been present on earth, and still are. At the point in time she was tattooed, in her society, it would probably have been socially excluding to NOT be tattooed.