#3-Otzi the Iceman

This is my report about Ötzi the Iceman.

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September 14…………………………………………………….Ronald Mack

Mrs. Wikowitz & Mr. Amato…………………………………….Core & Science

            ……………………………………………………………Assignment #16

Murder on the Mountain

In 1991, hikers discovered a mummified body in the Italian Alps. It had been frozen in a glacier for about 5,300 years.

Ötzi the Iceman was found face-down, his lower body still frozen in ice.

Ötzi the Iceman was found face-down, his lower body still frozen in ice.

At first, scientists thought the man, whom they nicknamed Ötzi (OAT-see), had frozen to death in a storm, but later they figured out that he had been murdered! They found a small wound on his shoulder with a flint arrowhead inside. He may have bled to death from a cut artery.

His artifacts included a copper blade ax, a bearskin cap, shoes made out of bearskin and woven grass, otzi_toolsa knife, a sharpening tool, a fire-starting kit, a quiver of arrows, and an unfinished bow. He was about 5 ft. 5 in. tall, weighed about 110 lbs., and was about 45 years old when he died.

His clothes were a cloak made of woven grass and a coat, belt, leggings, loincloth, and shoes, all made from various kinds of leather.

Ibex

Ibex

By analyzing the elements in his teeth, scientists were able to tell that Ötzi grew up near the village of Feldthurns in northern Italy, very close to the Austrian border. They also examined the contents of his stomach and intestines and were able to determine that he had recently eaten goat, deer, and ibex (a kind of mountain goat), as well as some different kinds of grains and dried plums.

Finding Ötzi has been very important in helping scientists understand what life was like for prehistoric mankind.

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Comments from my Readers & Friends

  1. I studied it in World History last year(That was in 6th grade,too)! I remember there’s like 2-3 test questions about him during my first days of 6th grade. Even though I’m in 7th grade right now, I also have an article that was on our test talking about Otzi during Language Arts in my new school. Read my fish jokes!

    • I just asked Granpa if he heard of that fire and he said he was actually inside the building when it caught on fire…
      But he was kidding.

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