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Otzi the Iceman
Transcript of Otzi the Iceman
By: Chloe Freiha, Julie Nguyen and Maria Vu
Ötzi the Iceman
By: Chloe Freiha, Julie Nguyen and Maria Vu
The Discovery of Ötzi the Iceman
Ötzi’s body was found in September 19, 1991 South of Tyrol, Italy. His body was discovered accidentally by Erika and Helmut Simon, German tourists who were hiking near the Ötztal Alps. While they were walking, they spotted something brown. Helmut thought it was just some piece of trash left by a careless hiker, however as he and his wife inspected the observation, they soon realised it was a human corpse. The face of the body at that time of the discovery was lying face down in melting ice.
Artefacts found with Ötzi's Body
Within the discovery of Ötzi, a variety of different artefacts were found within the area. This included:
- A copper axe
- A flint-bladed knife with an ash handle
- Quiver of 14 arrows and sheath
- Longbow made of yew
- A calf leather belt pouch
Because Ötzi had contact with farmers, investigators found grains from Ötzi’s clothing. He was hiking in the season of spring so pollen was also contracted.
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Scientific Date of Ötzi's Body
Ötzi's body and belongings around him, were dated by radiocarbon dating. Ötzi's body was dated to be around 3,300 BCE and was discovered in 1991 in Europe. Local hospital radiologist, came in to examine the body and found a shocking discovery. There lie in the shadows at the back of his shoulder was a sharp arrow head. Now people could tell a new story about Ötzi. He was shot by an arrow but radiologists are left confused to how it happened to be there. He is full of surprises but we have unfolded a bit of this mystery. There are still more mysteries still hidden in his body.
Scientists have made many different theories of the cause of Ötzi's death from inspeculating on his body. It is estimated that he was once a spiritual leader in his community, where they all lived in a place where the mountains were called the Gods that controlled the weather and water. It is said that he had died willingly, sacrificing himself to the Gods for his villagers because of the horrible weather. Members in the community would've carried him to the top of the mountains and shoot him with an arrow to slowly bleed out and die. They then would have placed his belongings around the body as a sign of respect for his bravery. To this day, scientists are still trying to unravel the mystery of Ötzi's death. They have kept Ötzi's
body in a store room where
pathologists and scientists
would often check and
examine the body for any
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Theory of Ötzi's death