Who was the first society to embrace body piercing?

“evidence of nose piercing has been recovered dating back to biblical times (2000 b.c.) in the Middle East, as well as mentions of earrings and nose rings (made of gold) are found in the book of Genesis (24:22)”

UPDATE: Judge orders school to end girl’s suspension over body piercing

“This case is pivotal to many people’s constitutional right to religious expression and will be watched closely by school districts across the country.”

Update: ACLU files lawsuit on behalf of North Carolina Teenager suspended from school for nose piercing

“the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit on behalf of 14 year old Ariana Iacono of North Carolina, who has been suspended numerous times from her pubic school on account of her pierced nose”