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Photos: An Ancient Mummy's Thigh Tattoo

The mummy

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(Image credit: © Trustees of the British Museum.)

A tattoo was discovered on the thigh of a Sudanese woman who died 1,300 years ago. This CT scan 3D visualization shows her mummified remains.

The tattoo

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(Image credit: © Trustees of the British Museum.)

Photograph of the tattoo found on the mummified remains of a Sudanese woman.

The grave

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(Image credit: © Sudan Archaeological Research Society.)

The grave of the Sudanese woman, on the excavation site on the fourth cataract of the Nile (Sudan).

The site

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(Image credit: © Sudan Archaeological Research Society.)

The site of the excavation on the fourth cataract of the Nile (Sudan).

The Nile

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(Image credit: © Derek Welsby.)

The fourth cataract of the Nile (Sudan).

More detail of the mummy

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(Image credit: © Trustees of the British Museum.)

CT scan 3D visualisation of the mummified remains of a Sudanese woman, to show the organs.

The skeleton

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(Image credit: © Trustees of the British Museum.)

CT scan 3D visualisation of the mummified remains of a Sudanese woman to show the skeleton.

Details on the tattoo

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(Image credit: © Trustees of the British Museum.)

Infra-red reflectography of the tattoo found on the mummified remains of a Sudanese woman.