|18 February 2011
New Oetzi model for 20th anniversary of his discovery
Iceman Oetzi, whose mummified body was famously found frozen in the Italian Alps in 1991, will get a new face for the 20th anniversary of his discovery. As part of a new exhibit at the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology in Bolzano, two Dutch experts - Alfons and Adrie Kennis - have made a new model of the living Oetzi, this time with brown eyes. Indeed, recent research has shown the Iceman, now approaching the tender age of 5,300 years, did not have blue eyes as previously believed.
The Kennis model was created based on three-dimensional images of the mummy's skeleton as well as the latest forensic technology, and will go on display on 1 March 2011 until 15 January 2012. The Bolzano museum is also planning to improve conservation of the mummy by using pure nitrogen, which should help it keep its relatively young appearance by eliminating oxidation.
The Iceman, who is believed to have died around the age of 45, was about 1.60 metres (5 foot, 3 inches) tall and weighed 50 kilogrammes (110 pounds), about average for his time. If he had lived today, he would have worn size 38 shoes.
Edited from AFP (17 February 2011)
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