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Soylent Brice Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-15-09 11:07 AM
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World's oldest tattoos were made of soot
Edited on Wed Jul-15-09 11:10 AM by Soylent Brice


For those inclined to put ink to flesh, modern tattoo parlours offer dizzying arrays of dyes mercury-containing reds, manganese purples, even pigments that glow in the dark.

Getting inked wasn't always quite so complicated, however. A new analysis concludes that the world's oldest tattoos were etched in soot.

Belonging to tzi the 5300 year old Tyrolean iceman, the simple tattoos may have served a medicinal purpose, not a decorative one, says Maria Anna Pabst, a researcher at the Medical University of Graz, Austria, who trained optical and electron microscopes on biopsies of Otzi's preserved flesh.

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A close look at his tattooed skin revealed numerous fine particles, interspersed with elongated crystals. Chemical analysis indicated that the particles were made of double-bonded carbon atoms found in soot, while the crystals were made of silicate. His tattoo-free skin, on the other hand, showed no trace of soot particles. tzi's "ink" could have been scraped off silicate-containing rocks surrounding a fireplace, Pabst says.

more: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn17469-worlds-olde...




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undeterred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-15-09 11:10 AM
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1. ok, second look
At first I thought it said: "World's oldest tattoos were made of snot"
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Soylent Brice Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-15-09 11:11 AM
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2. *snort*
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get the red out Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-15-09 12:16 PM
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