Researchers have discovered the oldest figurative tattoos in the world on two 5,000-year-old mummies from Egypt.
The illustrations are of a wild bull and a Barbary sheep on the upper-arm of a male mummy, and S-shaped motifs on the upper-arm and shoulder of a female.
The discovery pushes back evidence for the practice in Africa by 1,000 years.
Details of the tattoos have been published in the Journal of Archaeological Science.
Daniel Antoine, one of the lead authors of the research paper and the British Museum’s Curator of Physical Anthropology, said that the discovery had “transformed” our understanding of how people lived in this era.