This is my report about Ötzi the Iceman.
Mrs. Wikowitz & Mr. Amato
Core & Science
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.
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, a 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.
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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