The Ice-Man’s Last Feast

Everyone has at least heard of the amazing mummy found in the Italian mountains in 1991 by German hikers who nick-named the mummy Ötzi. His life has puzzled most archaeologists until they could figure out his story.  Ötzi was a middle-aged nomadic hunter who met his end in the wild while suffering from fatal arrow wounds between the ribcage, shoulder, and hand. When the Italian hikers found the mummy, his wonderfully preserved body was sticking out of the ice, still with the belongings he died with. For many

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( Bundle of belongings found with Ötzi as well as the remains of his shoe)

generations of archaeologists, many have tried to know more about this mysterious bronze-aged man. With more advanced technology, archaeologists have discovered what his facial features where and were able to recreate an image of his face, along with symbolic tattoos over areas where he had arthritis, which may be signs of a healing method. Ötzi was found with hunting tools. When one has hunting tools, that usually means they hunt. Archaeologists and researchers were able to use CT scanning devices to see layers into the mummy, they saw contents in his stomach as well as the rest of his digestive system, showing the cold conditions he lived and died in helped to preserve his remains with much detail for 5,300 years.

Archaeologists then used minimally invasive tools to dissect the contents of Ötzi’s stomach. They found what looked like goat meat, through testing for reassurance and confirmation because the material was uncertainly diagnosed for the most part. The dried goat meat was most likely an early form of bacon, according to some archaeologists. Although he died long ago in a painful way, the amazing preservation of his body has given archaeologists and researchers unmeasurable amounts of information.

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  1. Some factors that seem most puzzling about Otzi suggest to me that he may have been the aging chief or king of his group, whose ordained fate was to be hunted and slain by his warriors in the mountains. So the next young chief could assume his place. (As a story the old custom of the tribal matriarchs slaying the corn king after a year’s reign came to mind. Of course the one year cycle probably doesn’t fit here. Just the traditional means of clearing the way for the next leader.)

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    1. What interesting insight – thank you I will look into that and possibly make an extension post

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      1. Cool of you to take my little idea seriously! Thanks.

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