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How Isotopes Traced Ötzi’s Origins

Scientific examination of the mummy. 
© South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology/ EURAC/ Samadelli/ Staschitz

Scientific examination of the mummy. © South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology/ EURAC/ Samadelli/ Staschitz

By Alf Larcher

Some stunning analytical chemistry has revealed the story of Ötzi, whose frozen, partly battered remains were hacked from a glacier on the Austro-Italian border after 5000 years.

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