Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Otzi the Iceman

And he's not even a supervillian.  I'd forgotten all about the man they found in the ice in an Italian glacier in September 1991.  I mean I thought it was cool but did not realize that the amount of information he offered was amazing!  For one thing they figured he was 45-50 years old.  I thought people didn't live that long at the time.  What did they have 5,300 years ago in Europe?  Unleavend bread, which was found (CSI-like) in his stomach, part of his last meal.   Tame sheep - they could tell from his coat.  And maybe snow shoes!  Otzi had a sort of frame made of wood with him and they originally thought it was for some kind of backpack.  But since he was out in the frozen wilderness, snowshoes would make sense. He even had an axe with a copper head!  Pretty well outfitted for a guy from 5,000 years ago.  No wonder he lived to be 45.

Source: dig, May/Jun2006, Vol. 8 Issue 5, p12-13, 2p
As accessed through EBSCOHost

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