Ötzi The Iceman

Who Is Otzi??

Otzi is a well-preserved natural mummy of a man who lived around 3,300 BC. On 19 September 1991, Ötzi was found by two German tourists and Erika Simon, 10,530 ft on the east ridge of the Fineilspitze in the Otztal Alps on the Austrian–Italian border, while walking off the path between the mountain. They believed that the body was of a recently deceased mountaineer. The next day, a mountain gendarme first attempted to remove the body, which was frozen in ice below the torso, using a pneumatic drill and ice-axes, but had to give up due to bad weather. The next day, eight groups visited the site, and two where famous mountaineers. The body was semi-officially extracted on 22 September and officially salvaged the following day. It was transported to the University of Innsbruck, where it was recognized to be primeval the same day. Since Otzi was in Italy's borders he was given to the Italians. He was shot by an arrow in his shouldar that was fatal and killed him.

"Otzi's Curse"

Influenced by the "Curse of the pharaohs" and the media theme of cursed mummies, claims have been made that Ötzi is cursed. The allegation revolves around the deaths of several people connected to the discovery, recovery and subsequent examination of Ötzi. It is alleged that they have died under mysterious circumstances. These persons include co-discoverer Helmut Simon, and Konrad Spindler, the first examiner of the mummy in Austria at a local morgue in 1991. To date, the deaths of seven people, of which four were the result of some violence in the form of accidents, have been attributed to the alleged curse. In reality hundreds of people were involved in the recovery of Ötzi and are still involved in studying the body and the artifacts found with it. The fact that a small percentage of them have died over the years has not been shown to be statistically significant. So far, seven people associated with the Iceman or his discoverers have died.

His Tatoo's

The Iceman’s body is covered with over 50 tattoos in the form of groups of lines and crosses. Unlike modern tattooing methods, the tattoos were not produced with needles but by means of fine incisions into which charcoal was rubbed.Interestingly, Ötzi’s tattoos are located at points where his body was subjected to considerable strain during his lifetime and very probably caused him a lot of pain due to wear. The tattoos were therefore probably intended as therapeutic measures rather than as symbols. One or several groups of vertical lines are located to the left and right of the spinal column, on the left calf, on the right instep and on the inner and outer ankle joint. Two lines cross the left wrist. A cross-shaped mark appears on the back of the right knee and beside the left Achilles tendon. The Iceman had therefore undergone pain-relieving treatment on multiple occasions. Astonishingly, the tattooed areas correspond to skin acupuncture lines. Before Ötzi it was thought that this treatment had only originated two thousand years later in Asia.

Otzi Today

Ötzi was approximately 5'3" tall and weighed around 110 pounds. He is now at the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology in Bozen-Bolzano, Italy. Even though he was found in Italy territory, by some findings, he has 19 genetic relations in Austria, that was found by blood donors and there DNA. He has "Type O" blood and since he is so old, we now have to be careful looking at him since he is fragile.

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