Laatste maaltijd van Ötzi de IJsman onthuld
July 4, 2018 -
Wetenschappers hebben onthuld dat de laatste maaltijd van de bevroren
jager die 5.300 jaar geleden in de alpen overleed, goed uitgebalanceerd
was, maar ook alarmerend vet.
After putting the stomach contents through a battery of tests, including DNA matching and microscopic inspections, the researchers found traces of red deer and ibex meat and plenty of ibex fat, ancient einkorn wheat, and traces of toxic fern.
The study, published in Current Biology, gives a rare glimpse into what was on the menu during the Copper Age.
Though the researchers had previously examined Oetzi's intestines, this was the first time they could look into his stomach.
Following Oetzi's death, the organ moved upwards. It was not until 2009, 18 years after his remains were discovered near the Italy-Austria border, that a radiologist detected it behind the rib cage. And it was full. After slowly defrosting the body, the team took samples and rehydrated them.
The high-fat diet may have given the Iceman the energy he needed to survive a long treck at high altitude, says Dr Frank Maixner of the Eurac Research Institute for Mummy Studies in Bolzano, Italy.
The events surrounding Oetzi's death are still debated. His many recent wounds suggest violent conflict and one theory is that Oetzi fled into the mountains while being pursued.
But Maixner argues that the Iceman had eaten supplies of food he had prepared earlier, rather than a fresh kill, indicating that he had planned his final trek.
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