Piercing: A Cultural History Of Holes

History Of Piercing Lede

Body piercing has existed across time and culture.

Chances are, even if you don’t have a single piercing on your body, you know someone who does. It’s a common beauty technique and even a form of self expression, but where did it come from? Who first decided to start poking holes in their bodies, and why did they do it?

Let’s begin 5,300 years ago, with the oldest mummified person found to date, and see what he and his descendants can tell us…

Liz Lazzara
Liz Lazzara
Liz Lazzara graduated from the University of Rochester with Honors in Creative Writing and Distinction in English. She currently works as a contributing writer for Ravishly and The Liberty Project.
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