Ötzi the Iceman’s last meal 5,300 years ago

Twenty years after his frozen body was discovered in an Alpine glacier on the Austrian-Italian border, researchers found Ötzi’s stomach full of food tucked under his ribs.

In the hour before his murder 53 centuries ago, probably from an arrow wound to his shoulder, Ötzi had consumed the contents of what researcher Frank Maixner called “a well-prepared doggy bag” of dried goat meat and fat, red deer meat or internal organs, and wheat.  Earlier studies of his mummified remains revealed that Ötzi suffered from intestinal parasites, tooth decay, and perhaps gastric ulcers.

Read more in 5,300 Years Ago, Ötzi the Iceman Died. Now We Know His Last Meal by Maya Wei-Haas on nationalgeographic.com (2018)

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