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dclary
06-08-2007, 01:05 AM
http://news.aol.com/topnews/articles/_a/iceman-mummy-bled-to-death/20070606152009990001?ncid=NWS00010000000001

Using advanced imaging, scientists have located an arrow wound on the 5000-year-old mummy of Otzi, a caveman found nearly perfectly preserved in ice in 1991.

Pretty cool. What an interesting story to tell.

Saanen
06-08-2007, 02:08 AM
That's what I call a cold case file. :)

glassquill
06-08-2007, 08:04 AM
That's what I call a cold case file. :)

:ROFL:

Evaine
06-08-2007, 03:59 PM
I saw a documentary on Otzi that included the moment when the archaeologists first moved the body - and I was appalled! They just swung him across onto a plastic sheet. I trained as an archaeologist - and they were just so unprofessional. As far as I could see, they didn't make any record of the body in situ apart from what the documentary makers were filming, and they didn't take up any of the ground surface from under the body, which could have had useful information to give (preserved pollen samples, for instance, or anything that had leached from the body as it lay there).

travelgal
06-09-2007, 01:06 PM
You gotta be joshing me. I thought getting the soil near/under the body was basic forensic procedure.

Evaine
06-09-2007, 02:45 PM
And basic archaeological procedure, too - except in Italy, apparently.

Vincent
06-09-2007, 03:01 PM
I saw a documentary on Otzi that included the moment when the archaeologists first moved the body - and I was appalled! They just swung him across onto a plastic sheet. I trained as an archaeologist - and they were just so unprofessional. As far as I could see, they didn't make any record of the body in situ apart from what the documentary makers were filming, and they didn't take up any of the ground surface from under the body, which could have had useful information to give (preserved pollen samples, for instance, or anything that had leached from the body as it lay there).

It was only months later that someone thought to go back to the site and collect most of his woven-grass cape, his shoe, his hat, and his bow. They were just lying around all over the place.

Evaine
06-10-2007, 01:36 PM
Oh, God!

I could have done a lot better, andI was only ever a site assistant.