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What Otzi the Iceman's Tattoos Reveal About Copper Age Medical Practices
Smithsonian ^ | September 10, 2018 | Meilan Solly

Posted on 09/21/2018 12:32:21 AM PDT by SunkenCiv

Three decades worth of research have yielded intimate details of Ötzi's life from his age, height and weight to manner of death -- felled by an arrow to the left shoulder sometime during early summer...

Now, a team of European researchers has analyzed the tattoos scattered across Ötzi's body, as well as the various herbs and medicines found alongside his remains, to paint a clearer picture of the Iceman's community and its ancient medical practices, reports Joshua Rapp Learn for Science magazine...

Previous studies of the Iceman's tattoos have hypothesized that the lines and crosses etched into his skin offered therapeutic benefits rather than simply serving as decorative embellishments. As Ancient Origins' April Holloway writes, the tattoos, which were created via small incisions traced with charcoal, align with "hard-working areas of the human body," including the ankles, wrists, knees and lower back. These spots are commonly associated with acupuncture treatments, raising the possibility that Ötzi's community knew of the practice some 2,000 years before it was believed to have first emerged in Asia.

Archaeologists initially mapped all of Ötzi's 61 inkings in 2015, Carl Engelking reports for Discover magazine. Prior to this examination, researchers thought the Iceman's tattoos numbered closer to 59. Multispectral imaging analysis revealed a set of previously unidentified tattoos clustered on the Iceman's chest, an area commonly associated with acupuncture points targeting intestinal disorders...

Plants found amongst the Iceman's belongings support the study's portrait of an inquisitive, complex society. Birch polypore fungus tied to the leather bands of Ötzi's tools may have calmed inflammation or acted as an antibiotic, Science's Rapp Learn notes, while bracken fern detected in his stomach could have served as a tapeworm treatment. Traces of bog moss mirror makeshift bandages.

(Excerpt) Read more at smithsonianmag.com ...


TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: acupuncture; birchpolyporefungus; bogmoss; brackenfern; godsgravesglyphs; iceman; otzi; otzitheiceman; tapeworm; tattooing; tattoos; theiceman
The Iceman's tattoos align with classic acupuncture points, and the plants found amongst his belongings have well-known medical applications (© South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology/EURAC/Samadelli/Staschitz)

The Iceman's tattoos align with classic acupuncture points, and the plants found amongst his belongings have well-known medical applications (© South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology/EURAC/Samadelli/Staschitz)

1 posted on 09/21/2018 12:32:21 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
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To: StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; 1ofmanyfree; 21twelve; 24Karet; 2ndDivisionVet; 31R1O; ...

2 posted on 09/21/2018 12:33:27 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (www.tapatalk.com/groups/godsgravesglyphs/, forum.darwincentral.org, www.gopbriefingroom.com)
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To: SunkenCiv

I visited the Ötzi Museum in Bolzano last year. Very well done exhibit, and I can highly recommend it.


3 posted on 09/21/2018 12:37:50 AM PDT by EURASLEEP (The EU is Crashing and They're Asleep at the Wheel)
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4 posted on 09/21/2018 12:39:15 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (www.tapatalk.com/groups/godsgravesglyphs/, forum.darwincentral.org, www.gopbriefingroom.com)
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To: EURASLEEP
If they put in a tattoo parlor now, they could clean up!

5 posted on 09/21/2018 12:43:36 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (www.tapatalk.com/groups/godsgravesglyphs/, forum.darwincentral.org, www.gopbriefingroom.com)
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The four Oetzi-specific keywords, chaff out, duplicates out.

6 posted on 09/21/2018 12:56:55 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (www.tapatalk.com/groups/godsgravesglyphs/, forum.darwincentral.org, www.gopbriefingroom.com)
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To: SunkenCiv

He looks like a meth addict


7 posted on 09/21/2018 1:42:31 AM PDT by Vendome (I've Gotta Be Me https://youtu.be/wH-pk2vZGw2M)
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To: SunkenCiv

An arrow to the knee would have been more fitting.


8 posted on 09/21/2018 2:53:47 AM PDT by thoughtomator (Number of arrested coup conspirators to date: 1)
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To: EURASLEEP

Yes, we visited this year and was well worth it.


9 posted on 09/21/2018 3:08:44 AM PDT by Dr. Ursus
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To: SunkenCiv

Listening to a comedian on an old Carson Show: “It amazes me how and anthropologist can find a finger bone and declare that “he liked to dance”.....


10 posted on 09/21/2018 3:15:55 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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... felled by an arrow to the left shoulder... acupuncture points targeting intestinal disorders... inflammation... antibiotic... tapeworm treatment... makeshift bandages...

"Nasty, brutish and short."

11 posted on 09/21/2018 4:16:21 AM PDT by niteowl77
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To: SunkenCiv

News? I read this about the iceman more than 20 years ago.


12 posted on 09/21/2018 4:28:23 AM PDT by KingLudd
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To: SunkenCiv

Are medical tattoos covered by ObamaCare?


13 posted on 09/21/2018 4:39:13 AM PDT by SteveH
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To: SunkenCiv

He was killed by someone he knew. He was trying to escape his own village for some reason and was shot in the back. The killer did not take the copper axe that would have been enormously valuable, because everyone would have known whose axe it was and how the new bearer came to have it.


14 posted on 09/21/2018 5:22:36 AM PDT by babble-on
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To: SunkenCiv

Actually, his name is Bob.


15 posted on 09/21/2018 6:28:28 AM PDT by bgill (CDC site, "We don't know how people are infected with Ebola.")
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To: bgill

Yeah, I saw that little oval tag sewed on his coat, over his left pocket.


16 posted on 09/21/2018 12:37:59 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (www.tapatalk.com/groups/godsgravesglyphs/, forum.darwincentral.org, www.gopbriefingroom.com)
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Whoops, forgot about:

http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/oetzi/index


17 posted on 09/21/2018 12:38:34 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (www.tapatalk.com/groups/godsgravesglyphs/, forum.darwincentral.org, www.gopbriefingroom.com)
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To: SunkenCiv

enter him in the Ink Master competition. High marks for the staying power of the tattoos without fade.


18 posted on 09/22/2018 10:34:00 AM PDT by wildbill (Quis Custodiet ipsos custodes? Who watches the watchmen?)
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To: wildbill

:^)


19 posted on 09/22/2018 11:30:14 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (www.tapatalk.com/groups/godsgravesglyphs/, forum.darwincentral.org, www.gopbriefingroom.com)
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