Modelling Oetzi the Iceman

Modelling Oetzi the Iceman

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This image is part of the sequence Healthcare: Anthropology sculptor reconstructs the face of Oetzi, the copper age iceman


Caption: Modelling Oetzi the Iceman. This computer technique, known as warping, is modelling the face shape of Oetzi, a Copper Age man, from his skull. Oetzi is Europe's oldest natural mummy (as of 2008), dating from 3300 BC. He was found embedded in a glacier in the Oetztal Alps (on the Austrian- Italian border) by two German tourists in 1991. Oetzi's body was so well preserved that scientists were able to determine what he had eaten before he died (red deer meat, grains, roots and fruit) and that he had died in spring, as the pollen of a spring plant was found on his clothes. They also speculated that he worked in smelting copper, which left traces in his hair. Oetzi may have died in battle, as he had several wounds to his body and was carrying weapons, including a copper axe.

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