’5,300-year-old mummy was not murdered’
By Lee Ha-na
A 5,300-year-old “Iceman,” found frozen in September 1991 in the Alps between Italy and Austria, was previously thought to have died because of a shot by an arrow. But now studies at Innsbruck University in Austria show that the mummy probably met his death due to a fall while climbing a mountain, the Daily Mail has reported.
The mummy earned his name “Oetzi Man” because German tourists found him in the Oetz Valley.
Head researcher Wolfgang Recheis stated that the arrow wound could have been an old injury rather than the reason for the Iceman’s death. He also said that the Iceman most likely climbed the mountain to go hunting when he accidentally crashed down the mountain, which caused a rupture in an artery under his left collarbone that resulted in massive bleeding.
Via modern medical technology, researchers concluded that this type of wound has a 40 percent survival rate. When the unfortunate Iceman fell from the mountain, the shock he experienced upon landing caused him to have a heart attack.
After extensively examining and measuring the corpse, scientists believe Oetzi to have been 46 years old and 159cm in height when he died. He had been carrying a bow, arrows and a copper axe when he made his ascent up the mountain, which is why archaeologists assume he was a hunter who carried the weapons to protect himself from attacks by other tribes.
Oetzi also suffered from arthritis and had an intestinal parasite called whipworm. His last meal had consisted of ibex meat, after scientists performed an analysis of the contents of his stomach. His eye color, on the other hand, could not be determined.
The Oetzi Man has been on display at the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology in Bolzano, South Tyrol, Italy, where his body is maintained and stored in a room with temperature measuring -6°C and is open to a limited audience.