Strange New Tattoo Discovered On ‘Ötzi The Iceman’ Mummy

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Researchers in Italy announced this week that they had discovered a strange new tattoo on the ribcage of the 5,300-year-old mummy known as Ötzi the Iceman.

The find raises to 61 the number of Ötzi’s known tattoos, and it came as a big surprise.

“We didn’t expect to find a tattoo on the thoracic, as all the other tattoos are mainly close to joints and on his lower back and legs,” Dr. Albert Zink, director of the Institute for Mummies and the Iceman in Bolzano and one of the scientists behind the discovery, told The Huffington Post in an email.

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Ötzi’s newly discovered tattoo, on the lower right side of the mummy’s chest.

Ötzi was discovered in 1991 by a pair of German hikers in the Otztal Alps, near the border between Austria and Italy. Since then, researchers have conducted many studies on the remarkably well-preserved mummy. In addition to finding scores of tattoos, they’ve determined that the Iceman was likely about 45 years old at the time of his death and that he suffered from heart disease, Lyme disease, tooth decay, and joint pain.

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