06 March 2011

The face of Otzi


Okay this is not breaking news but it is something that certainly interests me!

Otzi the Iceman was killed about 5300 years ago while trekking up the Schnalstal glacier in the Italian Alps.

Hit on the head with a heavy cudgel and wounded in the side by an arrow, he collapsed into the snow and was mummified by the cold and dry air. He lay undiscovered until 1991, when Erika and Helmut Simon stumbled across the corpse near the Italian city of Bolzano.

Now, according to the Telegraph, Dutch forensic experts Alfons and Adrie Kennis have painstakingly created the first image of Otzi, relying on 3D images of the mummy's skull and infrared and tomographic images.

Their reconstruction reveals Otzi to be an older man, with deep wrinkles in his face and shaggy, unkempt hair parted on the side.His sunken cheeks and deep-set eyes make him appear tired, and older than scientists believed him to have been at the age of his death - around 45.They placed him at 5ft 3ins tall and had him weighing in at 2lbs under eight stone.

The new model of him will go on display from March 1 until January next year at the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology in Bolzano.

Fascinating.I used to enjoy the programme Meet the Ancestors which endeeavoured to put a face on ancient (and not so ancient) skeletons. It is wonderful to see the face of Otzi

8 comments:

H. insciens said...

You sure that's not Billy Connolly again, on a bad day?

jams o donnell said...

and a night on the Brasso!

H. insciens said...

Brasso and Irn Bru Jams, with a bottle o' Buckie (ie Buckfast) chaser. Yep, it's him all right.

jams o donnell said...

Ah Buckfast, the breakfast (lunch and dinner) of champions!

nursemyra said...

Less than 8 stone? that's a very small man

jams o donnell said...

He was no giant!

H. insciens said...

Probably not at all a small man for these days. Times have changed. We are getting bigger (I await 4 foot 9 Claude's comment :) even since relatively recent times: I recall walking around HMS Victory recently constantly banging my head on the beams and looking in amazement at Nelson's tiny "cot" bed.

jams o donnell said...

That;s true but we seem to grow ans shrink as er the conditions. Not individually but as groups in particular places and particular circumstances