Stored 2000-year-old north american artifact identified as the oldest tattoo tool.

Archaeologist Andrew Gillreath-Brown recognized a stored artifact excavated in Utah since 1972 as a tattooing tool dating to 2000 years old, making it the oldest known tattooing tool in western north america.

The long-unnoticed tool is made out of a wooden handle, tied at the end with leaves of a plant called the yucca plant, which holds in place two cactus spines, the spines are black stained in their tip.

Scientists believe that the tool was wielded by the pueblo people, who lived during this time in the Bear Ears region in Utah.

Multiple tattooing tools have been discovered, a tattooing kit was excavated in Tennessee dating to between 1600 years old and 3500 years old, while the oldest known tattoos were find on
Ötzi the iceman ’s 5,250-year-old body.

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