Iceman carbon dating
Did the Iceman live in the Bronze Age?
Nevertheless, the 14C dating result unambiguously established that the Iceman lived before the Bronze Age (2400 – 800 BC), at the end of the Neolithic period. Besides the body of the Iceman itself, a lot of equipment and other material was recovered from the finding place, apparently belonging to the Iceman as evidenced from
When was the Iceman discovered?
The discovery of the Iceman On 19 September 1991 an extraordinary archaeological discovery was made at a high-altitude mountain pass (Tisenjoch, 3210 m) of the Ötztal Alps near the Austrian-Italian border.
What is the radiocarbon dating method?
The radiocarbon dating method Carbon forms the basic building blocks of organic compounds and therefore is an essential part of all life on Earth. As a consequence, the human body with an average weight of 70 kg contains approximately 16 kg of carbon. Almost all of this carbon is formed by the two stable isotopes, 12C (98.9%) and 13C (1.1%).
Did the Iceman have a bow and AX-1?
The two samples, ax-1 and bow, clearly belong to the Iceman. Among the older samples, the most significant find is a piece of charcoal, which indicates that thousand years before the Iceman a human being may have visited the place making fire right there or having brought remains of it to the site.
What kind of Bow did Ötzi the Iceman use?
Ötzi carried a 1.82 m-long stave made from yew, which showed clear signs of workmanship. Ötzi was gradually transforming this stave into a new bow with his axe. The blank was almost finished. He just had to rub it down and polish it and add the bowstring. It’s unclear why Ötzi needed a new bow. Perhaps his old bow broke or was stolen.
What is the Iceman’s bow string made of?
Even though the Iceman had still been working on his bow, he carried a finished twisted string in his quiver which was made of animal fibers and not of lime tree bast. It is elastic, extremely resilient, and is therefore ideal as a bowstring.
What did the Iceman bring with him?
Other items found with the Iceman were a copper axe with a yew handle, a chert-bladed knife with an ash handle and a quiver of 14 arrows with viburnum and dogwood shafts. Two of the arrows, which were broken, were tipped with flint and had fletching (stabilizing fins), while the other 12 were unfinished and untipped.
Why did Otzi The Iceman carry a copper axe?
The copper axe could be used as a weapon as well as to fell trees. The one thing that Ötzi didn’t carry with him was pottery. This would have been an important archaeological clue for assigning him to a specific cultural group. Pottery pieces are often very characteristic and large numbers of them have been found in graves and settlements.