Frozen in Time - The Story of Otzi the Iceman

Frozen in Time - The Story of Otzi the Iceman

Thursday, May 16, 2013 - 06:30 PM

 Patrick Hunt, Ph.D., Stanford University

"Ötzi the Iceman," a 5,300-year-old Neolithic man of the Copper Age, was discovered in 1991 preserved in the Similaun Pass of the Otztal Alps at 10,500 feet between Italy and Austria. Since 1991, extensive ongoing scientific investigations indicate that he is unique because he is practically an archaeological site in himself. Unlike any other human remains this old discovered to date, remarkably, nearly everything of Ötzi is preserved-from his clothing, tools, gear and weapons to his last meals in his body. Amazing forensic science has recovered much detail about his life. This lecture will explore the evidence, including material technology he carried including a rare and precious copper axe, vital medical and bioarchaeological data including his DNA and full genome record, where he lived in the prehistoric Val Senales, and reconstructions of how he was killed and even possible scenarios of causes. His weapons demonstrate early archery using spiraling arrows, suggesting prehistoric knowledge of aerodynamic stabilizing technology. For those fascinated with forensic and C.S.I. investigations, Ötzi may be the "coldest case" on record. This lecture is co-sponsored by Archaeological Institute of America - Houston Society.

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  • Harpreet S.

    Missed the talk but hope to make it today

    May 15, 2013

  • Madhan

    Hoping to make it today

    May 15, 2013

  • John M.

    Talk tonight at the Health Museum is free.

    What: TIMELY REMEDIES
    The Ancient Medicine of "Ötzi the Iceman"
    Dr. Patrick Hunt
    ...
    Five-thousand year-old human, “Ötzi the
    Iceman”, found in the Ötztal Alps in 1991,
    gives us a peek into medicine practiced by
    prehistoric peoples. Researchers working on
    “Ötzi” discovered that he carried a medical
    kit with him – his own portable pharmacy
    with over ten different plant products which
    could heal and cure many ailments.
    Where: The Health Museum
    1515 Hermann Drive, Houston TX
    When: Wed, May 15, 2013, 6:30 p.m.

    May 15, 2013

  • John M.

    really enjoyed the science in this talk and hope to be able to see the second half of this talk at the Health museum tonight. Saw a lot of people, but not sure I saw all of them.

    May 15, 2013

  • Greg T.

    Totally agree. It was awesome.

    1 · May 15, 2013

  • Kara Mckenzie E.

    Great talk and it was so nice to meet everyone in the group that came!! Looking forward to seeing many of you again tonight at the lecture :)

    May 15, 2013

  • Darcy

    I think we should say where n the museum to gather next time. I will see u guys at the next meetup

    1 · May 14, 2013

  • Garrett

    Neat event. Nice to meet you John. Looking forward to meeting more of you guys! :D Was that guy crazy with his laser pointer, or was it just me? LOL

    May 14, 2013

  • Madhan

    sorry guys - I had to stay back at work to finish something - I really wanted to go to this one

    May 14, 2013

  • Darcy

    I couldn't find a seat.. I am at the top.. I am wearing a pink jersey w the # 24 on it. So hope I met ya"ll after

    May 14, 2013

  • Darcy

    I am n line how do I recognize ppl?

    May 14, 2013

    • Mauricio

      I'm in the same wedge. Did you manage to find the group?

      May 14, 2013

    • Jill M.

      We are in the cente on. The 4th and 5th rows from the bottom. We are the ones having the mostum. Look for. Bight pink/reddish jacket.

      May 14, 2013

  • Tom P.

    In line for tickets hoping they wait to start.

    May 14, 2013

  • Mauricio

    Is the address correct? I think the meetup directions might have brought me to the wrong place.

    May 14, 2013

  • Gary M.

    Just leaving the office no way I can make it in time. Really really wanted to see this hope it's great.

    May 14, 2013

    • Lyle S.

      Ditto. Too bad i cannot make this either. Ran out of time. If theres a video available, pls make info available here. Thanks.

      May 14, 2013

  • John M.

    HMNS member price is normally $12. I've been able to beat that with a group rate if given enough warning and a lot of people.

    1 · April 29, 2013

    • John M.

      20 or so ... but more flexible with lots of time and planning.

      May 11, 2013

    • Jill M.

      Both John and I are here now!

      May 14, 2013

  • John M.

    For any folks that would like to gather up PRIOR to the Tuesday night talk, I plan to meet people at 5:15 PM at the Bodegas Taco Shop about 2 blocks down Caroline Street from the museum. Do not be fooled by the Binz address ... it is before you get to Binz fronting on Caroline.
    Bodegas Taco Shop
    1200 Binz St #160, Houston TX
    (713)[masked]
    We will leave there about 6:10 and head back to the museum.

    May 13, 2013

    • Greg T.

      I am still in. Just trying to find I spot to park and meet you guys.

      May 14, 2013

    • Greg T.

      Is your phone number wrong? I'm at Bodega's . I called your phone but it was the wrong number.

      May 14, 2013

  • RJ

    I called the museum. they are saying they only have a lecture tonight. Is there an exhibit also today!!!!! I want to see the real thing you know!

    May 14, 2013

  • Darcy

    I am stuck in traffic.. I won't be there right at 5p. So I guess don't wait on me

    May 14, 2013

  • Ana

    I have to work late today. I won't be able to make it.

    May 14, 2013

  • Penny l.

    I won't be able to make it

    May 14, 2013

  • Kara Mckenzie E.

    Is there anyone willing to meet with me so I can get the Member's Guest price? TY ;)

    May 13, 2013

    • Kara Mckenzie E.

      Thanks John...if I can't get out of work in time for tacos can I just meet you at the museum? I look forward to finally meeting you :)

      May 13, 2013

    • John M.

      Plan to be back at the museum ticket booth about 6:20 giving me only 5 minutes to help anybody get a cheaper ticket that has not already been helped with another member. There should be several. Then I am into the IMAX with a comfortable up close seat.

      May 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    how does this event work? tickets? how much? where?

    April 20, 2013

    • Steve

      Yes. $18. Cheaper if you're a member of the museum. We're too small a group for a group dicount.

      April 20, 2013

    • Juan L.

      IF I come will it be group discount

      May 14, 2013

  • John M.

    Houston traffic is not for the faint of heart and if you have not experienced a route and time, you can be off in your estimates by orders of magnitude. I leave from the far north about 4 and try to be at the museum between 5 and 5:30, but can still end up minutes before the 6:30 lecture with only a single fender bender. I plan to drop in and help anybody with tickets and then grab a bite to eat at the taco shop about a block away. Just let me know early that you might want to meet up so I'm looking for you.
    Cheers, John

    1 · May 11, 2013

    • Darcy

      I have short bleach blonde hair, female, 5'6 name is Darcy. Plz look for me.. I will be there by 5p.

      May 14, 2013

  • Garrett

    I guess I've missed something here. Is this tomorrow (Tuesday), or Thursday? I thought it was moved to Thursday, but the comments still talk about Tuesday.

    May 13, 2013

  • John M.

    In the coldest case on record, a five-thousand-year old man is brought to life through forensic technology and CSI-type investigations. Uncover what life was like in Neolithic Europe.

    May 13, 2013

  • Lyle S.

    Mother nature willing i plan to attend on tuesday and hopefully this date is good. I want to see that copper ax.

    1 · May 11, 2013

  • Linda A.

    Shucks. I will be in Chicago on business. Wish I could join you.

    May 11, 2013

  • John M.

    Image courtesy Heike Engel/21Lux, Südtiroler Archäologiemuseum, and NG Deutschland

    Prematurely aged, with leathery, wrinkled skin, deep-set eyes, and a shaggy beard, this new reconstruction of "Ötzi" the Iceman is a far cry from past reconstructions that showed him as a strapping middle-aged man.

    Notably, the new model, developed by Dutch artists Alfons and Adrie Kennis, has brown eyes based on recent research that showed the 5,000-year-old Iceman did not have blue eyes, as previously thought.

    April 1, 2013

    • Greg T.

      This is very fascinating. Can't wait!

      May 10, 2013

  • Madhan

    Am a molecular evolutionary biologist and delighted to be part of this group - looking forward to this event

    May 10, 2013

  • John M.

    Missed the date change, but remain confirmed.
    Tickets are usually $18 for non-members and $12 for members.
    There are enough members in this group that you should always be able to connect up with one of us and get a guest ticket for $12.

    Cheers, John

    April 21, 2013

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