Sunday, April 03, 2016

Scientists Have Mapped All of the Iceman's 61 Tattoos

In September 1991, tourists discovered the Iceman’s remains on a glacier in the Italian Alps. Since then, researchers have rigorously analyzed the Iceman to paint a picture of what life was like during the start of the Bronze Age some 5,300 years ago.

A look at some of Iceman’s tattoos. (Credit: EURAC/M.Samadelli/M.Melis)
The dude had some tatts and they've aged well. The tattoos may have served a therapeutic or diagnostic purpose because the tattoo groupings are clustered around the lower back and joints — places where Iceman was suffering from joint and spinal degeneration.

This map shows the locations of all 19 tattoo clusters.
(Credit: EURAC/M.Samadelli/M.Melis)

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