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Otzi the Iceman wore bear fur hat, scientists discover

Published 18/08/2016

Otzi's body has been studied extensively after being discovered encased in glacier ice in 1991 (AP)
Otzi's body has been studied extensively after being discovered encased in glacier ice in 1991 (AP)

A 5,300-year-old hunter nick-named Otzi the Iceman whose mummified body was found in the Tyrolean Alps wore a fur hat made from brown bear pelt and an arrow quiver fashioned from roe deer leather, scientists have found.

Other items of Otzi's clothing came from domesticated sheep, cattle and goats, said the research team.

Otzi's body has been studied extensively after being discovered encased in glacier ice in 1991.

The latest findings from researchers led by Niall O'Sullivan at the European Academy of Bozano, Italy, are reported in the journal Scientific Reports.

Genetic analysis showed Otzi's hat and quiver came from two wild species, brown bear and roe deer.

His coat was a stitched-together patchwork of at least four hides from goat and sheep. He also wore leggings made from goat leather.

The scientists wrote: "The iceman's garments and quiver are from an assemblage of at least five different species of animal.

"The coat alone was a combination of at least four hides and two species: goat and sheep.

"This result may indicate a haphazard stitching together of clothing based upon materials that were available to the iceman."

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