To accompany “Tennessee site yields oldest known American tattoo tools”
1. What is a tattoo? Describe how you think tattoos are made.
1. What were the newfound tattoo tools made from? How old are those tools?
2. What is the name of the dig site where the tools turned up, and when were they discovered there?
3. Who has the world’s oldest tattoos? How long ago did that person get his tattoos?
4. How did Aaron Deter-Wolf and his team conclude that the tools he studied had been used for tattooing?
5. How did Christian Gates St-Pierre learn what ancient humans’ tattooing tools look like?
6. Seashells were found at the Fernvale site. What does Deter-Wolf’s team think these might have been used for?
1. Prehistoric Americans didn’t have shopping malls where they could buy jewelry and other adornments for their bodies. Some, therefore, may have turned to tattoos as a permanent fashion statement. Imagine you’re a prehistoric American looking to adorn your body. Draw a pattern you might choose to have someone tattoo onto you. Also choose what color inks you would use. Remember: This is a design project. No actual tattooing allowed.