The ‘Iceman’ was first discovered in September 19th, 1991 by two German tourists on the Fineilspitze in the Ötztal Alps on the Austrian–Italian border. The naturally preserved and mummified man was named Otzi, he has a total of 61 tattoos that varied in different shapes and designs placed all over his body but the most tattoos he had were located on his legs. Archeologist Konrad Spindler studied Otzi’s body and after close examination the ink that was injected into his skin was made from soot and fireash; very clean haha.
Now there have been many different eras and ages throughout our entire history that have tattoos were used for different variables. During this time there has been about 50 discoveries of tattooed mummies and remains that have been discovered. Some locations were there have been records or human remains include but not excluding: Germanic and Celtic Tribes, Egypt, India, Mongolia, Philippines, and Greenland. Some of all these discoveries date back to 2300 BC but they all link to different periods of time through ancient history.
As everyone knows Ancient Egypt was another major era that dressed themselves with intricate markings on their body. There was a practice that was exclusively just for females, mummies found with tattoos were usually dismissed by male excavators who assumed the women they found were of “dubious state”. They were brushed off as, what we call today, “dancing women.” Female mummies were buried as Deir El-Bahari in a location only associated with royals and elites.
With further studies we knew one women was to be described as the “Royal Concubine” who was actually Amunet, a Priestess of the goddess Hathor at Thebes, was found to have a number of tattooed markings on her body, which show striking correspondence with the patterns depicted on Middle Kingdom faience figurines