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Ötzi

Post by Witness » Wed Jun 27, 2018 1:06 am

The Final Hours of the Iceman’s Tools

What the implements found with the body of Ötzi revealed about the Copper Age.

The latest findings, published Wednesday in the journal PLOS One, are focused on the tools he carried with him. A small dagger, a couple of arrowheads and a few other prehistoric possessions made of stone, wood and deer antler, provide insight into their owner’s mysterious final days before he was shot with an arrow and died.

Ursula Wierer, an archaeologist from the provincial Department of Archaeology, Fine Arts and Landscape in Florence, Italy, used high-power microscopes and a CT scanner to examine Ötzi’s dagger and arrowheads. Other items in his ancient tool kit included a small, sharp flake for cutting reeds; an oval-shaped stone called an end-scraper; a jagged-looking rock used for making holes in leather and wood called a borer; and a wooden block with a deer’s antler called a retoucher.

“He cared about his tools,” said Dr. Wierer, adding that many showed signs of being resharpened or repaired.

All of the items had been recovered in the glacier gully near Ötzi’s body. They included a quiver containing just two arrowheads and a dozen unfinished arrow shafts, several antler points and a bundle of sinew, or animal tendons. Ötzi must have been in some sort of rush, said Dr. Wierer, as he did not have the time to construct a working bow or complete his other dozen arrowheads before his death. She thinks that he could have finished that task over the course of several hours if he had wanted.
Rest: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/21/scie ... ctionfront

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Two sides of an arrowhead belonging to Ötzi. The stone head was attached to a wooden shaft with tar and animal sinew.
He has a Wiki page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%96tzi

[Edit: forgot there was already a post about him: viewtopic.php?f=26&t=45065#p837644]