Iceman Bled to Death on Glacier – Killed by Arrow

At least that’s the title I should have used on March 20, 2007 when I scooped the BBC, the LA Times, National Geographic and other major and minor media outlets.

My original post on the topic was at, titled New Research on Ötzi, the Iceman, Cometh. From that post I discussed the study conducted on Ötzi’s remains:

a projectile point that lacerated the left subclavian artery, and that the attempted removal of the arrow at the time of death may have caused Ötzi to bleed to death.

I also discussed a related study that used forensic analysis to determine where Ötzi had been in the last days of his life. Using the data from these two studies, I also reconstructed a speculative bit of fiction on the events that might have transpired in Ötzi’s last days.

Go there. Read it. And when you’re looking at the other sites around the net, or in print or video media and they bring up “the Iceman,” tell everyone who broke the story first!

P.S. I’m kidding, by the way… I’m not so shallow that I need that sort of validation. I was actually shocked to find that I wrote on something before the rest of the media.

Anyway, here are some other mentions around in online media:

Washington Post
Los Angeles Times
People’s Daily (China)
Times of India
National Geographic


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