Historic Record of Tattooing Subject of Archeology Presentation
SIOUX FALLS – The first in the Third Sunday Archeology Presentation series is January 17 beginning at 2:00 p.m. in the Gilbert Science Center Auditorium (room 100) on the campus of Augustana College.
“Pedestrians As Art: The Archeology of Tattooing,” is the subject of an illustrated lecture by Dr. L. Adrien Hannus, Director of the Archeology Laboratory at Augustana.
Dr. Hannus’ presentation will consider the prehistoric and historic record of tattooing, body scarification, and body painting in early cultures.
Currently, the earliest evidence of tattooing is “Otzi,” the Iceman (shown above, right), preserved in the Alpine region of Italy and dating to 5,300 years before present (B.P.). Other early examples include multiple tattooed bodies preserved during the Bronze Age in the frozen tombs in Siberia, which date approximately 2,500 years B.P.
The program is funded by Augustana’s Archeology Laboratory and the Sioux Falls Chapter of the South Dakota Archaeological Society. The presentation is free and open to the public and will be followed by a question/answer session. Refreshments will be served.
Dr. L. Adrien Hannus
Director, Archeology Lab