Underground Ink: Tattoo Archaeology
Historic Andrews Chapel/Hammock Park
October 19, 2019, 6:30-8:00 pm
This was a fantastic program, set up by DHM Curator David Knupp (from left) featuring Tennessee archaeologist Aaron Deter-Wolf and a guest who came all the way from Jacksonville for our event!
Dig into the exciting discoveries of early tattoo culture with Aaron Deter-Wolf, author and Prehistoric Archaeologist, Tennessee Division of Archaeology.
Despite the growing popularity of tattoos, with nearly half of Americans under age 30 now sporting at least one, contemporary tattoo culture is only a minor aspect of a global tradition that spans at least 5,000 years.
Until recently, tattooing was largely overlooked by archaeologists and historians. Archaeologist Aaron Deter-Wolf talks about the archaeological study of tattooing in North America and beyond. Aaron is co-editor of the volumes Drawing with Great Needles: Ancient Tattoo Traditions of North America and Ancient Ink: The Archaeology of Tattooing. In 2016 he appeared in a NOVA documentary discussing the world's oldest tattoos on the mummy known as Otzi. His research focuses on the material culture of ancient tattooing, and earlier this year he was part of the team that identified a 2,000-year-old cactus spine tattoo tool from Utah.