Here's What the Iceman Was Wearing When He Died 5,300 Years Ago
New DNA study of ancient clothing reveals that Otzi the European mummy "shopped" locally.
Since the discovery of Ötzi the Iceman in a European glacier in 1991, scientists have recovered a wealth of information from his 5,300-year-old mummified remains: The brown-eyed, gap-toothed, tattooed man most likely spent his 40-odd years farming and herding, and was probably suffering from a painful stomach ache at the time that he died a quick—albeit violent—death in the Öztal Alps.
After 25 years of extensive scientific research and media coverage, the Neolithic Iceman has certainly secured his place as "Europe's Oldest Celebrity." However, only now are we getting a detailed answer to the inevitable question posed to every celebrity these days:
"Ötzi, who are you wearing?"
The Iceman was recovered back in 1991 with a full