Examining closely, they found a human body which they thought might be the victim of a past mountaineering accident. Technological advances over the past twenty-five years have answered some questions surrounding Otzi's life and death and surely the next twenty-five will answer more.
The hikers reported it to Austrian police who attended the following day and quickly realized they were dealing with an ancient archeological site. This, so far, is what science knows about the Iceman.
His clothes and tools have been extensively radiocarbon dated, and much is known about his health, environment, death and his tattoos—which may be therapeutic; they are grouped in places where Ötzi suffered from joint and spinal degeneration.
In contrast, little was known about the Chinchorro mummy, so the researchers set out to determine his identity and age and examine his tattoos.
Recovered from El Morro, Chile, the mummy was believed to be about 35–40 years old at the time of his death around 4000 B. In their paper published last month in the four researchers, including Lars Krutak, research associate in the Department of Anthropology at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, concluded that the Chinchorro mummy is not as old as previously thought.
“I was surprised by the findings because in previous publications I brought attention to the tattooed Chinchorro mummy and its early date,” Krutak says.
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But after reviewing the facts, we were compelled to publish the article as soon as possible to set the record straight and stem the tide of future work compounding the error.” The art of tattooing is ancient, but when it began is unknown. Beyond that, evidence of tattooing is found in art, from tattoo tools and on preserved human skin; the latter is the best evidence and only direct archaeological proof.
C14 (radiocarbon dating) is a form of absolute dating pioneered by Willard Libby in 1949.
‘Absolute’ dating means a roughly accurate real time date can be given rather than a relative date in relation to another object.
C14 dating works by measuring the levels of a carbon isotope (Carbon14) which remain within the object after death.
As you probably know plants convert water, carbon dioxide and sunlight into sugar and oxygen which leaves a great deal of carbon both within the structure of the plants, and within the animals that eat them.
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