A meal of gruel followed by a sneak attack from behind... life's a bitch, then you die, I guess.
I wonder if this guy was attacked so much because he sold a lot of defect weapons or something?
The final days of Oetzi, the Copper Age hunter whose frozen body was found preserved in an Italian glacier in 1991, were about as rough as they come. New investigations by a research team from Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich and Bolzano, Italy conclude the world's oldest "ice mummy" probably suffered at least two separate …
He was found in posession of a knife and traces of residue on his body that suggested he was involved in the manufacturer of weapons. Sounds familiar with today's gang culture society? Oh, maybe not, todays gang members don't have the brains to manufacture as they dropped out of the education system.
Paris, cause she knows all about mens bodies.
With my time machine I went back and found out that they had what we now recognise as "Extreme Porn Law". Basically the guy tried to draw sex pictures on the wall on his home. The result was the "bitch week" he endured that led to his death.
He actually shouted something like "I didn't harm anybody! They were just drawn pictures I had fantasy about! I didn't harm anyone!!!"
The IT angle is the time machine reference up above ;)
These are the people who had Oetzi for 10 years, scanned, prodded him and x-rayed him. Then (10 years later) someone realised he had a dirty great arrow head stuck in his shoulder.....THE EMBARRASSMENT.
The funny fact is, the very first scans clearly showed an ARROWHEAD in his shoulder blade. The "scientists" were so ponderious and blundering in the first place, the politicians fought over whether he was Swiss, German or Itailian in the second place, how can we believe in this study?
What a sad and disgraceful episode to a remarkable find.
Paris - because Oetzi would have protected her in chihuahua lined fur coat.
I visited the museum where he resides a couple of years ago, & it's quite moving. They have his body in a small humidifed chamber, with subtle lighting, & you can view it through a small glass window.
More interesting is the collection of artefacts recovered with the body: there are seeds in his clothing, food, tools & a partially-completed bow that he was presumably carrying and working on. When you see the stuff all laid out & the research work that's going on, it's clearly about much more than the man himself - there's lots of useful stuff about nature & life at the time that can be discovered.
I agree totally. This is one unfortunate side effect of having a bunch of small nation states with different languages and cultures right next to each other. The EU will probably never be as tightly entertwined as states would be in a single large country. Still regardless of the geo political makeup there will always be muppets.
They have not tracked the copper and it's minor elements to some particular source. No matter how well they may have smelted it, there would be some trace elements there that should make sourcing it possible. I want to know more.
As far as burial is concerned...two ways of looking at that....his people at the time may have considered the way he went "decent". I don't think a 20k funeral in a steel vault would do anything but lead the destruction of the body that has endured all these years..
The sheer amount of infighting as to "who he belongs to" just gets a "grow up".
"I thought they found the fatal arrow wound somewhere around 2001 -2002. It was certainly on telly at least 5 years ago."
Yes, but what's new is what the pathologists have been able to conclude *about* the wounds with further investigation:
"We are now able to make the first assertions as to the age and chronology of the injuries," wrote Professor Andreas Nerlich, who [led] the study ..."
They only look at the body very briefly every few years, so as not to cause it damage or contaminate it with bacteria, etc.
"beat to death by some ice-age chavs"
The Ice Age was long before this man's time. The last cold snap was the Younger Dryas:
And mammoths were gone by the Mesolithic, as the climate warmed and arctic tundra gave way to woodland.
This man's Neolithic - post the rise of farming (hence the cereal meal) - and lived only 5,000 years ago. He's late Neolithic at that - he's even got a copper tool, and metal residues in his hair from smelting.
The Copper Age was basically a beta version of the Bronze Age.
(Forgive me for using a Wikipedia link, but): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copper_Age
It's used to label more of a evolutionary period of cultural development where both stone and metal tools were used, rather than the revolutionary leap of the Bronze Age.
@Zornhau, if 5000 years from now, someone can have a chuckle concerning my demise, I encourage it. If someone is even vaguely aware I existed 5000 years from now, I will be happy.
And I loved the Bond pic, that's pretty damned funny.
Paris because she, like our departed friend, has been penetrated multiple times.
@ Dunstan Vavasour
"Am I the only one who thinks that, once all the scientific information has been gathered, he should be given a decent burial?"
As opposed to what .... an indecent one?
Seriously, what would be the point? Any issues concerning the possession (or otherwise) of his immortal soul was decided long ago (or not as the case may be) in this man's case .... and its not as though he has known relatives asking for his remains.
Your comment reminds me somewhat of all the nonsensical (to my mind) law suits and clamour for the remains of prehistoric Native-Americans (North and South) from museums and research institutes in order to satisfy certain modern day politico-cultural/religious mores.
I often find it curious (and sometimes illuminating), to reflect on the mindset of people who feel so confident as to assume that they have even the slightest idea of what any long-dead individual's thoughts or belief systems might have been - Let alone this strange desire to stand up for their posthumous 'rights'.
Beyond mere statistical probability, we have grounds whatsoever for assuming anything at all with regard to his thoughts and beliefs. For all we know our frozen friend might have been an adherent of a thriving humanist cult, perhaps a lone atheist wandering rationally or maybe even the very first prophet to hear Allah's message to the faithful! We cant possibly know.
I guess provided he's treated with at least a modicum of respect and descency and spared from any excess, the scientific commumnity will at least spare themselves from too much irrational ranting. And thats about it.
If anyone were to find anything left of me in the dim and distant future, they're free to do with me as they please - because what could possibly concern me? ...... well apart from a spot of time travel or reanimation?
Nah, I'll settle for an infinite number of alternative realities in a possible multi-verse - perhaps one of me there might get to meet an alternative Iceman and get to apologise for everything I've just said!
Hmm, I guess he probably died intestate too? ..... bags I the bow and arrows!
Reid, you really are a self opinionated knobber.
You seem to be an educated man, and seem to want to tell us just how clever you think you are.
I have news for you, your opinions (very valued by yourself) are of little or no interest to us of some edification.
You post very little of consequence ( i have had the vexation of stumbling across your self preening clamour before), your hypothesis of this (and other) subjects have (as always) been drawn around your own views on your obvious non religious, non cultural and athiestic lifestyle.
You are not the only man of education on these forums, although you may think that you are, many of us are waiting for you to post anything of substance that isnt anfractuous in any way.
How dare you try to reflect on others opinions and beliefs, you seem vainglorious basking in your own parsimonious lifestyle.
Crawl back under your rock Mr Malenfant and spout your antithetical plebeian insiduous guff to the plant life and insects you may be able to impress.
You also state the ice man died intestate,
what have his testicles got to do with any of this, you pervert!
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