Otzi the iceman radiocarbon dating

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The body was left at the site of the murder -- perhaps the aggressors assumed that scavengers and time would erase all the evidences, but in the cold and dry climate at 11,480 ft above sea level the body begun to desiccate.Large scavengers didn’t venture in this desolate region, and only a few flies were able to deposits their eggs on the body -- but they weren’t able to destroy it.Our editors will review what you’ve submitted and determine whether to revise the article.

He also at one time had broken his nose and several ribs.

During the next winter snow accumulated in the gully where the body laid and over the next decades and centuries the snow transformed slowly into ice, protecting and preserving the body.

On September 19, 1991 two German tourists, Helmut and Erika Simon, accidentally discovered the body emerging from the ice near the Similaun Hut after a period of marked melting, which had been helped by the sunny weather.

A woven grass cape and a furry cap provided additional protection from the cold, and he wore shoes made of leather and stuffed with grass.

The Iceman was equipped with a small copper-bladed ax and a flint dagger, both with wooden handles; 14 arrows made of viburnum and dogwood, two of which had flint points and feathers; a fur arrow quiver and a bow made of yew; a grass net that may have served as a sack; a leather pouch; and a U-shaped wooden frame that apparently served as a backpack to carry this gear.

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