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Oetzi the Iceman dressed like a herdsman

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  • robert-blau@webtv.net
    Oetzi the Iceman dressed like a herdsman EurekAlert [USA], 20-Aug-2008 A famous Neolithic Iceman is dressed in clothes made from sheep and cattle hair, a new
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      Oetzi the Iceman dressed like a herdsman EurekAlert [USA], 20-Aug-2008

      A famous Neolithic Iceman is dressed in clothes made from sheep and
      cattle hair, a new study shows. The researchers say their findings
      support the idea that the Iceman was a herdsman, and that their
      technique, reported today in the journal Rapid Communications in Mass
      Spectrometry, has use in the modern clothing industry. The social and
      cultural background of the Iceman, dubbed Oetzi, has been the subject of
      much debate since his mummified remains were discovered in an Alpine
      glacier in 1991. Although his clothes were known to be made of animal
      skins, their exact origin was uncertain. This new study focuses on hair
      samples taken from Oetzi's coat, leggings and moccasin shoes. "We found
      that the hairs came from sheep and cattle, just the types of animals
      that herdsmen care for during their seasonal migrations," says lead
      researcher Klaus Hollemeyer of Saarland University in Germany.

      http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2008-08/w-oti081908.php

      See also National Geographic News:
      http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2008/08/080821-iceman-clothes.html
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