Protective Childbirth Tattoos on Ancient Egyptian Mummies and Figurines

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Johns Hopkins Egyptologist Marie-Lys Arnette co-published (with Anne Austin) an article titled “On Ink and Clay: Tattooed Mummified Human Remains and Female Figurines from Deir el-Medina” in last month’s edition of the Journal of Egyptian Archaeology. The article explores the mummified remains of two tattooed women as well as three previously unpublished figurines with similar tattoo motifs. Their research is being displayed on several websites including Live Science,, and Daily Mail.