Sunday, March 13, 2011

Finaly face to face with Ötzi the iceman

The mummy, first known as simply the "iceman" was found in September 1991 in the Alps near the border between Austria and Italy.
He is now known as Ötzi. His frozen body was found in a melting glacier in the Ötzal Alps -- hence the name.
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He is Europe's oldest natural human mummy shown above after he was removed from the glacier.
Believed to have died around the age of 45, Ötzi was about 1.60 meters (5 foot, 3 inches) tall and weighed 50 kilograms (110 pounds).
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Shown above is a previous reconstruction of Ötzi. Below is a more recent reconstruction.
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The new reconstruction depicts a prematurely old man, with deep-set eyes, sunken cheeks, a furrowed face and ungroomed beard and hair.

The latest model will go on display beginning March 1 to Jan. 15, 2012, at the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology in Bolzano, Italy.
Called "Ötzi 20," the exhibition celebrates the 20th anniversary of the mummy’s discovery.
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