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Otzi the Iceman


The discovery of a Stone Age body high in the Alps was an archaeologic sensation, but the mystery behind the fragile remains became a fascinating forensic puzzle.  Each time a solution seemed correct, opposing evidence emerged. The mysterious death of Otzi was approached in much the same way as a modern murder investigation.  The scientists used the most up-to-date forensic techniques to examiner every inch of his body.

Bastable,J, Candin, A, editors (2005), 'Secrets of the ice man: the investigation of a suspicious death more than 5000 years ago', in The truth about history: how new evidence is transforming the story of the past', Reader's Digest, London, pp.177-181.

Use the following resources to find out: How did Otzi die? What can he tell us about the past?

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  • Available for streaming via Clickview: Iceman Autopsy
  • From the Smithsonian Channel: Mummies Alive: This 5,300 year-old corpse was found by accident

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