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Ancient ink : the archaeology of tattooing

Author: Lars F Krutak; Aaron Deter-Wolf
Publisher: Seattle : University of Washington Press, [2017]
Series: McLellan Endowed Series
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The desire to alter and adorn the human body is universal. While specific forms of body decoration, and the underlying motivations, vary according to region, culture, and era, all human societies have engaged in practices designed to augment and enhance their natural appearance. Tattooing, the process of inserting pigment into the skin to create permanent designs and patterns, appears on human mummies by 3200 BCE  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
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Ancient ink.
Seattle, Washington : University of Washington Press, [2018]
(DLC) 2017049292
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lars F Krutak; Aaron Deter-Wolf
ISBN: 9780295742823 0295742828 9780295742830 0295742836 9780295742847 0295742844
OCLC Number: 1006520865
Notes: "A McLellan Book."
Description: xii, 354 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps, portraits (some color) ; 27 cm
Contents: New tattoos from ancient Egypt: defining marks of culture / Renée Friedman --
Burik: tattoos of the Ibaloy mummies of Benguet, North Luzon, Philippines / Analyn Salvador-Amores --
Reviving tribal tattoo traditions of the Philippines / Lars Krutak --
The mummification process among the "fire mummies" of Kabayan: a paleohistological note / Dario Piombino-Mascali, Ronald G. Beckett, Orlando V. Abinion, and Dong Hoon Shin --
Identifications of Iron-Age tattoos from the Altai-Sayan mountains in Russia / Svetlana Pankova --
Neo-pazyryk tattoos: a modern revival / Colin Dale and Lars Krutak --
Recovering the nineteenth-century European tattoo: collections, contexts, and techniques / Gemma Angel --
After you die: preserving tattooed skin / Aaron Deter-Wolf and Lars Krutak --
The antiquity of tattooing in Southeastern Europe / Petar N. Zidarov --
Balkan ink: Europe's oldest living tattoo tradition / Lars Krutak --
Archaeological evidence for tattooing in Polynesia and Micronesia / Louise Furey --
Reading between our lines: tattoos in Papua, New Guinea / Lars Krutak --
Scratching the surface: mistaken identification of tattoo tools from Eastern North America / Aaron Deter-Wolf, Benoît Robitaille, and Isaac Walters --
Native North American tattoo revival / Lars Krutak --
The discovery of a Sarmatian tattoo toolkit in Russia / Leonid T. Yablonsky --
Further evaluation of tattooing use-wear on bone tools / Aaron Deter-Wolf and Tara Nicole Clark --
What to make of the prehistory of tattooing in Europe? / Luc Renaut --
Sacrificing the sacred: tattooed prehistoric ivory figurines of St. Lawrence island, Alaska / Lars Krutak --
A long sleep: reawakening tattoo traditions in Alaska / Lars Krutak.
Series Title: McLellan Endowed Series
Responsibility: edited by Lars Krutak and Aaron Deter-Wolf.

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The desire to alter and adorn the human body is universal. While specific forms of body decoration, and the underlying motivations, vary according to region, culture, and era, all human societies have engaged in practices designed to augment and enhance their natural appearance. Tattooing, the process of inserting pigment into the skin to create permanent designs and patterns, appears on human mummies by 3200 BCE and was practiced by ancient cultures throughout the world. Ancient Ink, the first book dedicated to the archaeological study of tattooing, presents new research from across the globe examining tattooed human remains, tattoo tools, and ancient art. It contributes to our understanding of the antiquity, durability, and significance of tattooing and human body decoration and illuminates how different societies have used their skin to construct their identities. Ancient Ink connects ancient body art traditions to modern culture through Indigenous communities and the work of contemporary tattoo artists.

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