Ötzi, the Oldest Ice Body Ever Found

“Recent Finding Sheds New Light on the Stone Age”

In recent years, the name “Ötzi” has been on the edge of every archaeologist’s tongue. In fact, experts estimate that the remains of the Iceman date back to 3,255 BC.

The discovery of the Iceman came about when two German mountain climbers, Erika and Helmut Simon spotted the skeletal remains of Ötzi, the name that was given to the unidentified prehistoric man, while hiking in the Ötztal Alps in 1991.

On September 23rd 1991, when the Iceman’s corpse was extracted from beneath the ice, archaeologists discovered that they weren’t dealing with just an ordinary cadaver. In fact, various objects that were also uncovered within great proximity of Ötzi’s body, such as leather hide remnants a bearskin cap, made it relatively easy to date him.

Upon forensic examination, scientists discovered that the Stone Aged man had many anatomical abnormalities. As a matter of fact, he lacked both wisdom teeth and a 12th pair ribs. The analysis also shows worn joints, hardened arteries, multiples bruises, over filthy tattoos, and a small gash in his skull which proved to be fatal. Further laboratory scrutiny portrays the Iceman as being brown eyed, bearded, furrow faced man, little over 5 feet tall and weighing approximately a hundred pounds.

Even though the cause of death is still being debated, most experts believe that Ötzi died by the burst of a blood vessel and cardiovascular vesicle caused by an arrow head to his left shoulder.