A publication of the Archaeological Institute of America
Body art has been a meaningful form of expression throughout the ages
By JARRETT A. LOBELL and ERIC A. POWELL
The practice of adorning the body with images and symbols has become nearly ubiquitous in our time, and the reasons for getting a tattoo are enormously varied and highly personal. It was no less so in antiquity as can be seen in this survey of body art that spans thousands of years and an array of cultures—each a unique demonstration of the ways in which peoples across the globe chose to express themselves.