Thursday, August 05, 2010

Ötzi: The Iceman Murder


If you've hiked our Ötzi or Dolomites Treks then you've almost assuredly heard of Ötzi, the copper aged hunter that died in the mountains above the Ötzal of northern Italy 5,300 years ago. Hikers discovered Ötzi's body in 1991, and, since then, he's become well-known as Europe's oldest natural mummy.

While scientists have learned a lot about human ancestry as a result of the Ötzi find, the circumstances surrounding Ötzi's death still remain a mystery. That said, we recently stumbled across this fascinating video that attempts to piece together clues surrounding the Iceman's demise. If you're an Ötzi fan, then you'll love the film. Note: The flick is an hour long, so pour yourself a beverage and settle in.

Also for Ötzi lovers:

Scientists recently announced their success in completely decoding Ötzi's DNA. Researchers say that Ötzi's genetic code could shed light on hereditary diseases like diabetes, hypertension and cancer. Read about it here and here.

The Iceman Museum in Bolzano houses Ötzi, and presents a fascinating look at the world in which he might have lived. The museum is first rate, and we recommend a visit. It's also a convenient side trip to our Dolomites Tours.

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