Eastern Europe and Western Asia
6th through 2nd
In 1948, an elaborately tattooed mummy was found in Pazyryk tombs about 120
miles north of the border between China and Russia.
The Pazyryks were formidable Iron Age horsemen and warriors who lived in the
steppes of Eastern Europe and Western Asia from the sixth to the second
centuries BC. They left no written records but their artifacts demonstrate a
sophisticated level of artistry and craftsmanship.
A Pazyryk chief who had died around 50 years old was discovered and it was found
that his body was elaborately tattooed. He had a series of interlocking designs
representing a variety of fantastic beasts.
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Online -- Ice Mummies: Siberian Ice Maiden -- Some of the
earliest examples of tattooing