Scientists Have Mapped All of Ötzi the Iceman’s 61 Tattoos

But still don’t know what they mean. Ötzi and his tattoos are 5,300 years old.

My fascination with him began as a small child, with the episode of NOVA that my parents had recorded. I watched and re-watched that VHS with a morbid curiosity. Very little is known about him, only what can be inferred by forensic anthropologists. All that is known is that he was murdered in the Alps and preserved in the blistering snow for thousands of years before being discovered in 1991 by a couple of hikers.

Read about his tattoos in Discover Magazine.

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