Ötzi the Iceman: A Museum Tour and Interactive Laboratory Experience
In-person in Brooklyn, NY
DNA Learning Center NYC at City Tech
Ages 10–13, no adult chaperone required. Participants must bring a bag lunch
Join us to learn about a Copper Age mystery!
In the fall of 1991, two hikers in the Ötztal Alps came upon the mummified remains of a 5,300 year old man. Now preserved in a climate-controlled freezer at the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology, Ötzi's body and accompanying artifacts provide a window into life in Europe during the Copper Age. The mummy also provided a number of medical surprises. Although we think of Lyme disease as a new phenomenon that originated in Connecticut, Ötzi was infected with the Lyme disease microbe. His diet was filled with unprocessed, natural foods, yet he suffered from atherosclerosis. Most mysteriously, Ötzi died from an arrow shot to the back—his murderer had followed him up to the 10,200-foot pass where his body was found. How do scientists know all of these things? Join us to explore some of the interesting forensic techniques that have been used to understand more about the Iceman’s life and death.
In this session, participants will:
- take a guided tour of the DNALC NYC Ötzi exhibit;
- extract DNA from wheat germ and discuss how this can be applied to studying ancient humans;
- examine hair fibers from Ötzi’s belongings to identify what his clothing and some artifacts were made of; and
- discover where Ötzi was over the last days of his life by examining pollen from his digestive system.
*Scholarships are available for students with a financial need. To request a scholarship, please email email@example.com with the student’s name and which session they would like to attend.