Otzi Iceman Theory

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The most compelling theory is that Ötzi was assassinated for his high position of power with in his clan. After thorough investigation of the site where Ötzi was discovered (Ötztal Alps) and analysis of the corps historians can infer that the most compelling theory for the death of the iceman is that he was assassinated as part of a power play with in his own clan. This theory is supported by many pieces of evidence. One of these is, the finding of a copper axe near the iceman’s death site and suggesting that the iceman was quite powerful with in his clan. Another supporting piece of evidence is the fact that the arrow was taken out of the iceman’s back, this supports the theory that his attacker did not want to be identified and the fact that …show more content…

This finding supports the theory that someone envied the iceman’s high position of power with in the clan. This is because during the copper age anyone who had or knew how to make these powerful copper weapons (in this case an axe) was considered to be extremely powerful. Research has shown that during this time the only way to gain power with in your clan would be for the current person in power to die. This explains why the iceman had been killed. Historians can infer that because the iceman was found with the axe that his killer did not want to be identified, when returning to the clan. Historians know this because if he had returned to the clan with their leaders unique and powerful axe he would have most definitely been exposed. Through the finding of the copper axe historians have discovered that, the iceman was a person of power with in his clan, was killed because of this and had been found with the axe thousands of years later due to his killers fear of being identified. This and the act he was found with an arrowhead in his back prove that this theory is the most …show more content…

In relation to the theory that the iceman was killed as part of a power play we can conclude that this was a perfect place for his killer to attack as it was far away from their clan and in quite a desolate place where no one would find either of them. It also provided the murderer with some assurance that it would be very unlikely that someone would find the iceman’s corps. The fact that the iceman’s death had taken place in such a secluded, out of sight area proves that his killer did not want to be identified.

In conclusion, the argument that Ötzi was killed in a struggle for power is supported by the following evidence: the discovery of a copper axe which proves he was powerful with in his clan, that his killer did not want to be identified, the finding of an arrowhead which proves he did not commit suicide and the fact that he was killed in such a harsh and deserted place which proves his killer did not want to be seen. Therefore, the most compelling theory of the iceman’s controversial death is that he was killed in a struggle for power with in his own

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