Nova: Iceman Murder Mystery
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"Frozen for more than 5000 years, on a remote mountain pass, and now, preserved for the ages in a refrigerated tomb; he is the Iceman, a frozen relic from the Stone Age. The oldest human body ever found. He's a messenger from the past, bearing secrets of how humans lived nearly a 1000 years before the [Great] Pyramids [of Egypt]. He is also a homicide, waiting to be solved.
Who was he? And who shot an arrow into his back? Was it warfare? Or murder?
Now a rare and dangerous procedure [autopsy] leads to some startlingly fresh clues. A piece of bone, a copper axe, and a last meal surprise the experts, as they come closer to understanding our ancient past and to solving the Iceman murder mystery."
The above is said by the narrator at the beginning of this extraordinary documentary.
The mummy was found and pulled from a glacier Sept. 1991 in the Otztal Alps near the border between Austria and Italy. Thus, the Iceman is also known as "Otzi."
An autopsy was performed (including a DNA analysis) giving details of Otzi's death and life.
Throughout the program brief comments are made by an alpine archaeologist, radiologist, etc.
Near the end of the documentary, all the evidence that's found is considered leading to an unexpected conclusion of who killed Otzi.
Finally, the DVD itself (the one released in 2012) is perfect in picture and audio quality. There are no extras.
In conclusion, this is an exceptional documentary that may have solved the "world's oldest open case of homicide!!"
(2011; 55 min; wide screen; 6 scenes; PBS-NOVA/National Geographic)
<<Stephen Pletko, London, Ontario, Canada>>
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Great item, good price, fast delivery. Would recommend this seller.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
a good documentary. I found the information about "disappearing organs" fascinating. Also, about when & what his last meal was ... and the copper axe. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Potluck Queen
Very interesting update about the iceman and how he met his end. Interesting aspect of forensic science.Published 14 months ago by Wayne Kohlwes
I actually show this to my class at the beginning of the semester to try to hook their attention on the field of anthropology. Read morePublished on March 9, 2013 by Maegan
I have been interested in the whole Ice Man story for years and years. I have seen this before but wanted to see it again.Published on February 1, 2013 by Renee Mahlman
Have seen both pieces on the Iceman on PBS and thought my son and family would enjoy, which they did. Read morePublished on January 5, 2013 by Linda M .Moore