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The Picts, the indigenous people of what is today northern Scotland, were documented by Roman historians as having complex tattoos. Theodor de Bry, via Wikimedia Commons

Tattoos have a long history going back to the ancient world – and also to colonialism

The pandemic has made some people rush to get tattoos for different reasons. A tattoo historian explains why tattoos are often seen to be ‘trashy,’ a view likely influenced by colonialism.
Mosaic in San Vitale Basilica, Ravenna, Italy. nimu1956/Collection E+ via Getty images

What are the origins of cathedrals and chapels?

Millions step into cathedrals and chapels on a regular basis. The history of these places of worship offers important insights into Christianity.

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