'Otzi' - The Iceman, Now Online!

By Meera Dolasia on March 9, 2009

Stunning pictures of Otzi the Iceman, the world's oldest frozen mummy can now be viewed online, thanks to Italy's Institute for Mummies and The Iceman. Discovered by two hikers on a mountain range between Austria and Italy,, ,, it is believed that Otzi inhabited the Earth 5,300 years or 53 centuries ago!

Until recently, the mummy, which resides in a refrigerated room, in a specially-built museum in Bolzano, Italy, could only be viewed there, and that too, only through portholes.

In order to allow more people to get a view of this amazingly intact skeleton, without jeopardizing it, the researchers at the museum decided to take pictures and create a special website.

The website photos were chosen from a collection of 150,000 high definition pictures shot from twelve different angles, and provide visitors with a view that is even better than seeing Otzi 'live'. In keeping with modern-day technology, the photos can also be viewed in 3-D, with the right glasses.

Otzi has been one of the most remarkable finds in archeological history. His remains were so intact that scientists even found evidence of meat and unleavened bread in his intestine - his last meal consumed about eight hours before he died.

Beside him were all his tools, including a bow and arrow, dagger and copper axe. Even more surprising was the sophisticated clothing found, comprising of a hide coat, an intricately woven grass cloak, leggings, loin cloth and shoes.

Otzi's body was marked with over 57 tattoos, which scientists believe may have been acupuncture treatment for his arthritic knees.

It is thought that Otzi died from exhaustion and an old unhealed arrow wound, on his back. At the time of his death, he was 45 years old, 5.5 ft tall and weighed about 112lbs.

Over the years, Otzi has remained quite popular, and is the subject of many books and even a play. And if you happen to visit the Bolzano museum, you can purchase many Otzi souvenirs, including an Otzi drink. To view additional pictures of this iceman be sure to check out his website - http://www.icemanphotoscan.eu/

Sources: wilderdom.com, telegraph.co.uk, dailymail.co.uk

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  • kmtigerThursday, March 19, 2015 at 8:05 am
    this is so cool!!
    • meMonday, March 9, 2015 at 1:32 pm
      • bigmelo
        bigmeloThursday, March 5, 2015 at 1:05 pm
        Who knew that things could be so well preserved? :D
        • fungirl34
          fungirl34Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 9:00 am
          to much science oops
          • fungirl34
            fungirl34Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 8:59 am
            we studied him in my class a while ago some scientists thought he was a shepard then they saw tools from the bronze or stone age and others at his time did not have those tools so he could have been a leader or a very powerful man he was either sacraficed or in war when he died
            • bigmelo
              bigmeloThursday, March 5, 2015 at 1:06 pm
              Really? I didn't know that. That's very cool! :D
            • firemario
              firemarioTuesday, February 17, 2015 at 4:09 pm
              grosses thing i have ever seen. excuse me while i barf
              • diamondkid
                diamondkidTuesday, February 17, 2015 at 12:54 pm
                Creepy but cool!
                • fry09
                  fry09Sunday, February 15, 2015 at 7:14 pm
                  • dfgFriday, January 30, 2015 at 5:45 am
                    • R0513Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 10:04 am
                      Creepy but soooooo totally awesome


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