Otzi Death Theory

1206 Words 5 Pages
In 1991, a mysterious body was found in the Alps between Austria and Italy. Police were brought in, a murder investigation begun, and identification attempted. Yet, this proved to be more complicated than previously anticipated when the investigators realized that the man from the ice, Ötzi, died 5300 years ago during the Copper Age. Ötzi died in about 3200 BC, his age is estimated to be between forty-five and fifty years old. He was 5’2 and weighed about 100 pounds. His last meal was red deer mean, bread made from Einkorn, and plums. Buried (?)With him he had a copper axe and an unfinished bow and arrow set. He was killed when an The cause of death was an arrow shot into his back, piercing a major artery and causing a very quick and unstoppable death. The one unknown fact about this ancient man is why he died. All of this is known, and yet why he was killed remains a mystery. In the History Channel Documentary …show more content…
Yet in this scenario implies a rival clan, out to gain control over the trade route that Ötzi may have had in his control. Supporting evidence of this theory are Ötzi’s scars from previous battles. When he died, he had a defensive, partially-healed wound on his hand, seemingly from close-quarters combat (Death). These facts combined with the status proved by his copper blade both seem to say that Ötzi had control of something that others wanted, and that something that put a price on his head.
Similar to the second theory, the third theory also supports the idea that Ötzi was killed by an opposing clan. However, this theory suggests it may have been purely due to a territorial dispute. Ötzi had copper weapons, meaning he had access to copper ore. Copper ore was pay dirt to men in this age named for the metal (Death). If a rival clan saw a need to gain access to the copper ore, then killing a leader, presumably Ötzi in this case, would be the quickest way to gain control of the metal

Related Documents