Archaeology & History
Otzi the iceman was native to Central Europe
By T.K. Randall
November 13, 2012 · 10 comments
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New findings have shown that Otzi was very much like other Stone Age farmers found throughout Europe.
The remarkably well-preserved remains of the famous iceman were discovered in 1991 in the Italian Alps and have revealed significant details of what life would have been like over 5,000 years ago. Otzi is believed to have died from an arrow wound in his shoulder before his body was preserved within a glacier. New research has indicated that despite living in Europe, Otzi was more closely related to the present-day people of Sardinia than to modern Central Europeans.
"Maybe Otzi was just a tourist, maybe his parents were Sardinian and he decided to move to the Alps," said study co-author Martin Sikora. "Five thousand years ago, it's not really expected that our populations were so mobile."
Otzi the Iceman, an astonishingly well-preserved Neolithic mummy found in the Italian Alps in 1991, was a native of Central Europe, not a first-generation émigré from Sardinia, new research shows.
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