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Weapons reveal how this 5,300-year-old ice mummy lived — and died

( CNN) Although he’s older than the Giza pyramids and Stonehenge, the 5,300 -year-old mummy of Otzi the Tyrolean Iceman continues to teach us things.

The latest investigate of the weapons he was found with, published in the journal PLOS ONE on Wednesday, reveals that Otzi was right-handed and had recently resharpened and reshaped some of his tools before his death. They were able to determine this by use high-powered microscopes to analyze the traces of wear on his tools.

The upper half of the Iceman’s body was inadvertently discovered by a vacationing German pair hiking in the North Italian Alps in 1991. Otzi was procured with a dagger, borer, flake, antler retoucher and arrowheads. But some of the stone was collected from different areas in Italy’s Trentino region, which would have been about 43.5 miles from where he was thought to live.

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