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The Iceman Murder

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Iceman Murder By Edward Nguyen In 1991, two hikers found a frozen body high in the Italian Alps. They thought it was a body of a recent hiker but it turned out to be a 5300 year old ice mummy. The people called him Otzi the Iceman after the Otzal area where he was found. The body was taken to Austria where scientists worked on him. Many people helped investigate this mystery such as scientists, archaeologists, pathologists, forensic scientists, palaeobotanists, and metallurgists. They worked together to investigate this unique case. From the evidence, scientists have suggested three theories why and how Otzi died. The first theory says that Otzi died as a lonely shepherd. This is because he died near an ancient shepherding route. There was grass in his shoes and it was worn out due to long distance travelling. An examination of the contents of Otzi's intestine found hop hornbeam pollen. ...read more.


Anything someone wanted to have had a value to be exchange. Communication skills were just an important as out today. The artefacts Otzi courage showed him as a special but this may bring fear for the villagers. They would blame outsiders if anything strange or bad happen. However, they needed Otzi to transform metal into artefacts and heal the sick people with his medicine. If he fails to do anything, the people see him as a traitor. When the archaeologists investigated, they found out that Otzi only fitted 2 arrows out of 14 arrows. This meant that Otzi had done something wrong, knew that he was in danger and was fleeing into the mountains without proper protection. Someone must have seen him running away and shot Otzi in the back and ran away. Otzi tried to pull the arrows out of his back but it was too far to reach. ...read more.


Another type of human blood was on his flint knife. Otzi tried to save his village but he failed. The only way for him is going through the mountains. He knew it was uncertain that he will cross it alive but it was the only route he could go. Otzi was a tough warrior but he was 46 years old, which was pretty old in his time. He was wounded in the right hand, an arrow head in his back, he was exhausted by the battle, there was less oxygen in the air and he had arthritis. All these factors together can stop a mighty warrior. Scientists find the discovery important because it gives them an idea of what life was like in this region 5,300 years ago. Not all scientists agree with the theories, however. Some say that the Iceman may have been killed in a ritual sacrifice. Today Otzi the Iceman can be found at the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology in Bolzano, Italy. He is kept in a chamber with humidity of 99%. ...read more.

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