Now researchers are tracing his unusual movements right before his murder. About 5, years later, archaeologists are still unravelling the mystery of his death. They've shown that the something man was likely suffering from stomach pains when he died, and was nursing a seriously injured right hand, cut nearly to the bone between his thumb and index finger.
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Dickson says he was immediately intrigued when he saw flat neckera Neckera complanata , a moss species that historically has been used for caulking boats and log cabins. Was it used for insulation? Or perhaps toilet paper? The distribution of these plants in the Alps 5, years ago was quite similar to the distribution today. But researchers claim that there were several low altitude mosses—not just flat neckera— which could only have been brought to the site by the Iceman himself.
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The Iceman may have brushed up against mosses in the gorge, stocked up on some for his supply kit, or used them to wrap his food or dress his wounds. Similarly, Ursula Wierer , an archaeologist from the provincial department of archaeology in Florence, Italy, says that "there is lots of evidence that the Iceman lived on the southern side of the Alps and that he ascended from that side of the Alps, to the site where he died.
As such, they're "really uncommon in archeobotany," says Logan Kistler , curator of archaeobotany and archaeogenomics at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.
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Open Menu. Search What are you looking for? By Megan Gannon 30 October Follow Share Tweet. Email Share Tweet. Related Articles Follow loading A careful study of his remains showed that his teeth were carious, he suffered with stomach ulcers, his joints were worn out and his blood vessels were calcified.
Researchers found traces of birch polypore fungi in Otzi's belongings which have anti-inflammatory and antibiotic properties. Upon a more careful study of Otzi's body, Zink and his colleagues discovered that the iceman's skin was actually covered with 61 tattoos.
To make the tattoos, coal dust was rubbed into small wounds similar to the insertion of acupuncture needles, which according to Zink is a time-consuming and skillful endeavour. We pay for your stories! Do you have a story for The Sun Online news team?
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