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Ancient Ink: 5,000 Years of Tattoo History with Aaron Deter-Wolf


Today tattoos are everywhere, with more than one-third of Americans having at least one permanent mark inked on their skin. Although tattooing may seem like a recent phenomenon, it has been part of cultures around the world for thousands of years. Archaeologist Aaron Deter-Wolf is an expert on the ancient history of tattooing. His research has identified the oldest tattooing artifacts from North America, and he recently led studies documenting tattoos preserved on pre-Columbian mummies from Peru and examining the tattooing methods used in Copper Age Europe. This presentation for the Bridgehampton Museum will explore 5,000 years of tattoo history, and what artifacts, mummies, and archaeological research reveal about the deep history of the practice. Ticket info and more can be found at our site