Scientists have discovered more new tattoos on the mummified ice man Otzi, one of the oldest natural mummies known to man.
a German tourist discovered Otzi the ice man mens skull sweater preserved intact in the ice in the Oetz valley, Austria. It dates from around 3,300 BC and most likely died from a strong blow to the back of the head.
Ancient Origins says that Otzi the Iceman is the oldest natural mummy in Europe. The blood cells were still intact, like a modern human blood sample. One of the more surprising finds was the mummy's tattoo, with images of parallel lines and crosses. Tattoos are created from small incisions in the skin, then rubbed with charcoal and herbs.
According to Live Science
a team of experts at the Institute of Mummies and Icemen of the European Research Institute used a camera with a specialized lens to examine mummies. This digital device can record light wavelengths from skull couple ultraviolet to infrared.
They found many previously unknown tattoos, including multiple lines under Otzi's right ribcage, bringing the total number of tattoos to 61.
Many people believe that tattoos are only decorative. However, a study in the journal Inflammopharmacology suggests that tattoos can have therapeutic effects on rheumatism, arthritis or diagnose diseases. They can also delineate areas of the body for acupuncture treatment.