If you would think that the oldest tattoo in the world would have to be on an old person, you’d be right. How old exactly? Well, he would be 7000 years old, give or take a few hundred years. His name is Otzi, and he was discovered trapped in a glacier in 1991. He didn’t get stuck in a glacier in 1990, he got stuck in a glacier nearly 1000 years before the Egyptians started building the Great Pyramids.
After so many years stuck in a glacier, Otzi turned into a mummy. The archaeologists were overjoyed that they had found an ancient mummy trapped in ice, and it is probably the only time in history when someone looked down upon a frozen corpse and was really happy about it.
“This is the best day of my life”.
Normally, when archaeologists find a mummy they are happy. However, this time was different – they had found the only known naturally mummified body to have a unknown series of symbols and cryptic markings in tattoo form. These archaeologists were ultra pumped about finding this hunk of dead flesh with ink stabbed into it, because well, they are archaeologists, and ancient dead stuff is sort of their thing.
“We’re going to archaeology this guy so good”
What is more intriguing is that the marks and lines etched into Otzi’s body are the areas that are normally associated with acupuncture, such as joints and the spine, leading researchers to believe that the tattoos were not decorative, but one of the most primitive forms of medicine ever discovered.