History : May-Jun 2019
X-RAY OF ÖTZI’S TORSO, SHOWING THE ENTRY POINT OF THE FATAL ARROW (CIRCLED) RIEDMILLER/CARO PHOTO/CORDON PRESS MURDER WEAPON The stone arrowhead that struck Ötzi was first spotted in his body in 2001, 10 years after the body was discovered. Ötzi’s quiver contained arrowheads, but they were distinct from the one that killed him. Made of flint from an area about 30 miles away, Ötzi’s arrowheads were of better quality than those of his attacker. Arrowheads were regarded as valuable objects, which makes it likely that the murderer tried to retrieve it from Ötzi’s body after his death. It appears that the shaft broke and the arrowhead stayed in the body, where it would tell its grisly tale more than 5,000 years later.