Sunday, February 26, 2012

The Iceman

Sometime around 3250 BC, an Alpine shepherd in his 40's was killed by an arrow to his shoulder blade. He carried a copper axe which he could not have made alone, he was used to running in the hills for long distances, and he had at least four other people with him when he died - therefore, he may have been part of a raiding party, during which he received his mortal wound. However it happened, he fell (or was placed) face down in a glacial ditch before he died, probably due to the cold. He was discovered about 5,300 years later by Italian hikers, and today is known as Otzi the Iceman, and is the world's oldest natural human mummy.

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