Aaron Deter-Wolf

Aaron Deter-Wolf is a professional archaeologist from Nashville, Tennessee, and a leading researcher developing the archaeological study of tattooing. He has published widely on ancient tattooing tools and traditions, including studies identifying tattooing artifacts from North America, experiments working with professional tattoo artists to recreate and test ancient and historic implements, and efforts using digital imaging technologies to record tattoos on mummified human remains. He recently led a reexamination of the tattoos on the ice mummy ‘Ötzi’, which will be published in the European Journal of Archaeology in early 2024. Aaron maintains the open-access Tattooed Human Mummies database, and shares information about the history of tattooing and body modification on Instagram @archaeologyink.

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