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?
On our shelves:
- Bastable, J, Candin, A, (2005), 'Secrets of the Iceman. 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.
- Available for streaming via Clickview: Iceman Autopsy
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