I have found some cases in google but I am interested in knowing what was the intention of it in the past times, since there were no mass media or materials to represent these expressions, currently it is relatively simple to make cultural murals in the case of my city Valparaiso Chile, this represents the culture and language of a people, politics, cultural movements etc.

Some articles that I have found are:


The Mayan graffiti apparently were socially accepted, but also because they were part of their culture, but is there evidence to the contrary?

Maya graffiti

I also found this interesting book that talks about the origins of graffiti in the Tikal Guatemala culture and its possible purposes.


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    What research have you done already? Google seems to have a number of available articles for "graffiti in the ancient world".
    – Steve Bird
    Jul 28 '21 at 21:10
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    Do "Romans" count as ancient? Because there are tons of instances there. Jul 28 '21 at 21:23
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    I think there is ample literature on Roman graffiti - most of it was sexual, much of the rest was commercial/advertising, but there were still significant "Kilroy was here" style tagging. There is at least one theory that the cave paintings are mere graffiti. Artistic expression seems to be a human norm.
    – MCW
    Jul 28 '21 at 21:40
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    There are also examples of graffiti inside Egyptian pyramids, including such as "Built by chief architect Blork." Jul 28 '21 at 21:56
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    In ancient Rome (at least), not accepted by who? I think you'll find that 'acceptance' very much depended on where the graffiti was, what it said / depicted and who was 'judging' it. Jul 29 '21 at 0:53

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