The 5,000 year old mummy finally has a face thanks to forensic artists. In 1991 this 5,000 year old mummy was found by German hikers. Imagine strolling along and stumbling upon a frozen corpse. Little did these hikers realize they had stumbled upon a 5,000 year old ice mummy from the Neolithic Age.
This frozen corps had remained in excellent condition due to its location in the Eastern Alps. As global warming thaws more and more of our once frozen mountain tops, perhaps we will begin to stumble upon more of our ancestors.
The finding of this 5,000 year old mummy was in such amazing condition that scientists were able to determine what his last meal was and his approximate age of 45-46. Forensic anthropologists were also able to determine the cause of death as either a blow to the head or a fatal arrow wound.
This incredible find has scientists studying not only his biological makeup but also his way of life during the Neolithic period. Weapons and clothes were also found with his corps, helping researchers to discover how people lived so long ago. This is a fascinating glimpse into our past and a rare find.
Now that scientists have been able to complete the mapping of this 5,000 year old mummy’s genome, they have constructed what they believe to be what he looked like when he died. It’s pretty amazing that scientists were able to map the genes of this Neolithic mummy from just his hip bones.
You will have to travel to Italy to view the actual recreation of this fascinating iceman. There is a travelling exhibition of the 5,000 year old mummy and to find out its location just visit the museums website here.
Fox News- “Artists Recreate the Face of Otzi, a 5,300-Year-Old Iceman Mummy”
Live Science- “Gene Map to Give Insight into 5,200-year-old Iceman.”
Otzi-Museum The Iceman- “Travelling exhibition”