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comment by historyarch

Otzi is an endlessly fascinating subject. I have used him in my classroom before and wrote a post about it last year. Researchers never cease looking for new discoveries and in just the past few months issued new findings based on studies of Otzi's stomach contents right down to what they learned from examining the pollen recovered on the surface of the food. It is impressive that even 27 years later, there are new things to be learned. Because the studies of Otzi are well funded and well managed these new techniques will likely be useful for other mummified remains across the world. I updated the post today and though it is focused on teaching, there is a lot of information that should be of general interest.





taintnun  ·  389 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Great article! I've never heard of Otzi and I am surprised that studies of his remains aren't used in more classrooms.

Also, I really enjoy your article site!

historyarch  ·  388 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Thanks for checking out my site and for your kind words. One of the reasons I posted that article was to bring attention to Otzi in the hopes of bringing him to the attention of other teachers. I think he's a really unique discovery like Pompeii and Tutankhamun's tomb-- something that offers insights into a culture one cannot find any other way. All three are very well preserved snapshots that preserve the past as it was for those who lived in those times.

I originally wrote the Otzi article in 2017 and less than a year later, there was more to report because the Italians have established and maintained a well funded group of researchers who are still learning and discovering new details. I periodically google Otzi just to see if anything new has surfaced. Since you enjoyed the article, I suggest you do the same.