This is Ötzi. Handsome lad from 5,000 years ago, delivered by the ice.
He was discovered 25 years ago this month.
25 years ago this month Ötzi was discovered in the Ötztal Alps , the ice in which he was entombed delivered his body to the surface to be discovered by Helmut and Erika Simon who were walking the Alpine paths , Ötzi was a gift to mankind and is the oldest natural mummy in the world.
Ötzi has provided me with 25 years of wonder , the mystery of the Ice Man has slowly been uncovered over the years to give us a glimpse into the life and death of a Neolithic hunter , his tools and clothing were also found giving us a unique insight into the technology of his world.
I love the Otzi story; so much knowledge of the past from one small guy. Look at the tattoos? They tell the story of him being in a community and lying down whilst the resident tattooist inked him with the hypothetically meridian points of acupuncture. They’d have done the small talk thing we all do when we get hair cut or sit in the dentists. The scene would have been alive with the sounds of others in the group/tribe and the region would have been alive with wildlife. There was probably a smell of smoke as a fire burned and maybe people were chatting in the background or humming to themselves.
There’s a great Radiolab show about him you’ll enjoy – An Ice-Cold Case.
Botanist Jim Dickson, graphic artist Aaron Birk, and Albert Zinc, head of the Institute for Mummies and the Iceman, describe how scientific advances and modern forensic breakthroughs have uncovered an ancient tale of violence and humanity.
He was like an SAS soldier at a time when most people were hard as nails to survive. From his stomach contents to the defence wounds to the wiry musculature – times were very tough and lean too.
In Focus: Ötzi “The Ice Man” (2016: 25th Anniversary)
They have done work on the lads acoustics as well… See This is what Ötzi the Iceman sounded like. Pretty creepy, tbh.
Ecco la voce di Ötzi, ricostruita dagli studiosi di Bolzano
What a voice!
That would sound so very strange.
I remember when they found him. It was exciting!