Iceman radiocarbon dating


21-Nov-2017 14:21

Among the items found with Iceman were his copper-blade ax, 14 iron-tipped arrows, a firestarter, a birch bark container, a piece of ibex meat, a grass cape, a dagger with an ash handle and flint blade and a sheath, a half-finished yew-wood long bow (longer than a man is tall), a quiver filled with mostly half-finished arrows, an arrow repair kit, medicine, and pieces of antler used to make arrows.

He carried embers wrapped in maple leaves placed in a birch bark container, which shows that Neolithic people carried fire from place to place rather that started news fires from scratch.

The Iceman is the name given to the mummified body of a was found in near a glacier near the border of Italy and Austria.

He is the best-preserved prehistoric man ever discovered with his own equipment and clothing.

He appeared on the cover of Time magazine and other major publications.The presence of significant amounts of moss suggest he might have used it to wrap his food or even as toilet paper.The copper ax was made from malachite---a copper carbonate that appears bluish-green on rock and cliff sides---that was scraped and flaked of the rock and smelted in a crucible over a campfire.The feathers of the arrows indicate that people in Otzi’s time understood that the aerodynamic principal of a rotating arrow could be shot more accurately.

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Otzi’s ash-handled flint dagger was probably used to cut leather and slice game.Otzi’s hand slings and the design of his long, lightweight arrows indicate that he specialized in hunting ibex and mountain goats that live high above the tree line.



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