A recent study conducted by a team of researchers has found out many interesting facts about the life of Ötzi the Iceman, a prehistoric human. Ötzi died within the Alps close to the Austrian-Italian border near about fifty-three hundred years ago. His body was reportedly chiseled from inside the ice sheets back in the year 1991. This new study has illustrated some instances of the daily lives of the Alpine inhabitants living sometime in the fourth millennium B.C.
The study brought to light the way the Iceman organized his arrows and tools and also demonstrates the trade systems prevalent during that time. Ötzi always stored his tools inside a belt pouch. According to the study, a lot of the tools were constructed for cutting softwood and small plants. The tools were reported to have been sharpened again and again numerous times.
The researchers involved in the study were surprised seeing the amazing design of the tools of the Ötzi. His tools were perfectly built to achieve all his basic purposes. The research team wrote about the tools that, they were “just effective enough to achieve correct results in retouching and re-sharpening.”
As per the researchers, a dagger of five inches was discovered close to the body of the Iceman. On analyzing the tool, the researchers got to know that it was not made by the Iceman himself but by a craftsman. Ötzi reportedly kept his dagger sharp by using a tool of the shape of a pencil designed from wood and the antler of a deer.
The Iceman used this tool for a longer duration. According to the researchers, “The wooden handle is intensely worn with several rounded and damaged parts.” The researchers pointed out, “The apex of the antler tip bears small incisions caused by use.”
Ötzi the Iceman died at the age of forty-five. He was reportedly murdered by an archer of the Southern Alps who could have followed him up into those mountains. The body of the Iceman was covered quickly by the heavy ice sheets and snow in the area.
All the findings of this new study have been published on Wednesday 20th June in the PLOS One journal.