Tuesday, April 1, 2014


First-Ever Tramp Stamp Discovered

A 1,300-year-old mummy had a hot tat, scientists have found:

One of the mummies, whose remains were found just seven years ago, was so well preserved that archaeologists could almost make out the tattoo on her skin on the inner thigh of her right leg with the naked eye. Infra-red technology helped define it more clearly.

The woman, aged between 20 and 35, had been buried wrapped in a linen and woollen cloth and her remains had mummified in the dry heat. The tattoo has been deciphered by curators and spells out in ancient Greek – M-I-X-A-H-A, or Michael.

The owner of the tattoo was a woman who died in about AD 700 and lived in a Christian community on the banks of the Nile.

Hope she didn't regret it. [Telegraph]

5 Comments / Post A Comment


Help me out, young'uns -- isn't a tramp stamp always across the lower back?


Love it! :) epic@a


Google "Pazyryk tattoos"– very beautiful ancient tatts from the Eurasian Steppe.

Stacy Hackner@facebook

Hi Pinners - I love the Hairpin and am super pleased that you featured this article. I'm actually doing my doctorate on Sudanese skeletal material stored in the same room as this woman's mummy and have seen the tattoo up close. However, it's a little disrespectful to call it a tramp stamp; we bioarchaeologists strive to always be respectful to the deceased.

(And yes, @HereKitty, tramp stamps are always on the lower back.)

Roger Triton

Dear Hairpin author Emma Carmichael: A tramp stamp is on a certain part of the body, clearly the telegraph article cites that but you still misuse the term. Why?

Post a Comment

You must be logged-in to post a comment.

Login To Your Account