The long awaited mystery of "Otzi the Iceman" has been solved, according to scientific evidence. The 5,300 year old mummy that was found in 1991 in the Italian Alps could possibly have had a formal, ceremonial burial. Â Previous evidence pointed to the site of the discovery as a murder scene. Â However, new evidence supports that he was buried there, not murdered there.
According to the Discover News, compelling evidence published in the journal Antiquity, suggests that the Iceman actually expired at a much lower elevation during the middle of Spring. Â He was then, according to Luca Bondioli, transported up on the mountain, along with his personal effects.
Bondioli, who works for the National Museum of Prehistory and Ethnology in Rome, stated that it was their painstaking reconstruction that led them to the conclusion.
Forensic evidence of a 5,300 man?
Based on an exhaustive study and evidence collection, tiny granules of pollen were recovered out of Otzi's gut which would explain that he died in the Spring, likely April.
The evidence collection and evaluation indicated that pollen was found in the ice when the corpse was discovered. Â This simply suggests that he was brought there during the fall or early winter.
The team of researchers believe "Otzi the Iceman" died at 45 from cold and hunger. Further, the arrowhead wound to a major artery could have been the mortal blow.
Finally, the mystery of the numerous items surrounding him at the time of his burial has been solved.
Over 466 items have been recovered from Otzi's burial site. Â Just a short distance away, a mere 16 feet, researchers located a natural depression and a platform they believe was used as the burial site.
Using digital photography, CT scans, and a host of other modern forensic tools, they were able to reconstruct the scene. Â They determined that the items strewn about were not just personal items; They were burial artifacts.
Equipped with this information Otzi can now rest in peace.
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