Replica of 5,000-year-old 'Iceman' made on 3D printer

April 20, 2016
Dutch artist Adrie Kennis (L) and Alfons Kennis, the two artists who made the reconstruction of a mummy of an iceman named Otzi, discovered on 1991 displayed at the Archaeological Museum on February 28, 2011

Scientists presented Wednesday a life-sized copy, made using a 3D printer, of Oetzi the mummified 5,000-year-old "iceman" found in the Alps 25 years ago.

Pre-existing CT scans were used to make the resin replica which was then sculpted and hand-painted by US artist Gary Staab over many months, the South Tyrol Museum of Archeology, where Oetzi is housed, said.

"The reconstruction of the hands was a challenge, since they could not be captured on CT scans," the in Bolzano, northern Italy said.

Three replicas were made, one of which will be part of a travelling exhibition that will tour North America, starting in the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science in Raleigh in October 2017.

The second and the third replicas will be used for teaching purposes at the Cold Spring Harbor DNA Learning Center in New York (DNALC).

In what became an archaeological sensation, Oetzi's mummified remains were found high in the Oetztal Alps—hence the name—by hikers in September 1991 after being preserved in the ice since the Stone Age.

Clothing and equipment including an axe and a backpack found at the site, as well as the contents of Oetzi's stomach, his DNA and his 61 tattoos gave scientists highly valuable insights into human life at the time.

He died a violent death, killed by an arrow, around the age of 45. He was 1.6 metres (five foot, three inches) tall, weighed 50 kilos (110 pounds), had brown eyes and was lactose intolerant.

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Dug
1 / 5 (1) Apr 20, 2016
Yep, the hands were a problem - they are out of proportion.
Dug
1 / 5 (1) Apr 20, 2016
This isn't a copy and it isn't a replica of the mummy, its an artists interpretation of what the mummy might have looked like when he was alive. Big difference. See the actual mummy in articles above - the mummy didn't look anything like this "replica." Apparently, journalism is a lost art. Paid content writers seem clueless of the meaning of the words they use and the accuracy - or not, that they convey.
earthling98765
2 / 5 (4) Apr 20, 2016
Please, do Jesus from the Shroud of Turin. It's totally possible because the image is 3Dimensional. This man here is fantastic...but wait until you see Jesus....!!! His living face is miraculously pictured on another cloth called "Veronica's Veil"...maybe you can put the two together, and show him living rather than dead. ty.
TheGhostofOtto1923
5 / 5 (2) Apr 21, 2016
Sorry jesus didn't live in the 1300s.
Wallace63
not rated yet Apr 24, 2016
Dug - Gary Staab's work described here is indeed a literal replica of the mummy based on the 3D print. Every effort was made to make the result look *exactly* like the body in the freezer in Bolzano. Phys.org inexplicably decided to illustrate this story with a photo of a totally different replica. Bad choice!

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