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Ötzi the Iceman Was a Heart Attack Waiting to Happen

If a modern heart doctor could give medical advice to the iceman Ötzi — the man who was preserved as a mummy after his murder about 5,300 years ago in the snowy Alps — it would be this: Stop eating so much fatty meat and consider taking medications that lower your blood pressure and cholesterol.

This advice is based on a new comprehensive look at the iceman mummy's cardiovascular health. A full-body computed tomography (CT) scan showed that Ötzi had three calcifications (hardened plaques) in his heart region, putting him at increased risk for a heart attack. [Mummy Melodrama: Top 9 Secrets About Otzi the Iceman]

Ötzi also had calcifications around his carotid artery, which carries blood to the head and neck, and in the arteries at the base of his skull, which carry blood to the brain. Both hardened plaques likely elevated Ötzi's risk of a stroke, said Dr. Seth Martin, a preventive cardiologist at Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore who wasn't involved with the new study. 

https://www.livescience.com/62689-otzi-iceman-mummy-heart-disease.html

 

 

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23 hours ago, Xlucine said:

If a modern heart doctor could give medical advice to the iceman Ötzi — the man who was preserved as a mummy after his murder about 5,300 years ago in the snowy Alps — it would be this: Stop eating so much fatty meat and consider taking medications that lower your blood pressure and cholesterol.

 

And a good leeching, too!

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Our local iron age hill-fort (British Camp, Malvern):

 

I can see my house from here! 

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Nice plan view:

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I'm trying to find some pictures looking straight up at the ramparts from the plain below, but no luck so far.....Trust me, it's fekkin steep!  :o

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American farmers of the southwest supplemented their diet with corn smut.

 

You have, perhaps, heard of huitlacoche, a Mexican dish made from a fungus that attacks corn.  It appears that intentional consumption of this fungus goes back a long way, over two thousand years, than that it helped offset amino acid deficiencies of the corn-heavy diet.

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41 minutes ago, Collimatrix said:

American farmers of the southwest supplemented their diet with corn smut.

 

You have, perhaps, heard of huitlacoche, a Mexican dish made from a fungus that attacks corn.  It appears that intentional consumption of this fungus goes back a long way, over two thousand years, than that it helped offset amino acid deficiencies of the corn-heavy diet.

I only knew of corn smut as one of the diseases of maize I had to memorise.

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3 hours ago, Collimatrix said:

American farmers of the southwest supplemented their diet with corn smut.

 

You have, perhaps, heard of huitlacoche, a Mexican dish made from a fungus that attacks corn.  It appears that intentional consumption of this fungus goes back a long way, over two thousand years, than that it helped offset amino acid deficiencies of the corn-heavy diet.

 

So consuming smut is a healthy activity? And they said I’d go blind and grow hair on my palms!

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A cool spear was found

 

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/yukon-atlatl-ice-patches-1.4809947?cmp=rss

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'Amazing' archeological find in Yukon's melting ice patches — an intact atlatl dart

 

'When you have a full, complete spear like that, it really allows people to connect with their heritage'

 

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Archaeologists find 300,000-year old tools in Saudi Arabia

 

https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/10/archaeologists-find-300000-year-old-stone-tools-in-saudi-arabia/

 

This is evidence of the last time a Saudi Arabian native has done any sort of manual labor. 

 

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Golden neckpiece from the royal grave at Tolstaja Mogila kurgan. Scythian, Ukraine, 400 BC.

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Pazyryk Carpet, the oldest known surviving carpet in the world, 5th century BC. Scythian

 

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@Collimatrix Are either of these in your Scythian Art book?

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Burgonet (2,15 kg: steel, silver and gold, false-damascened, gold-leaf, roped, Germany 1560

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French close helmet with a crest in the shape of a dragon, ca. 1630

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Gilded helmet of General George Castriot, Italy, ca. 1460

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Griffon Bourguignotte by Negroli (c1540-1545)

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A morion helmet lavishly decorated with historical, mythological, and biblical subjects, including portraits of Alexander the Great and Sabina, wife of the Roman emperor Hadrian. Brunswick, ca. 1560

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On 9/13/2016 at 2:53 AM, Belesarius said:

 

Slight necro (sorry), but I do have to wonder just how much history or “great finds” have been simply overlooked: like in the article, the guy saw the mast of the Terror but forgot about it when he got home. Just how many times has something amazing like ancient tombs, treasure, or sites have been ignored by people who stumbled upon it, didn’t know what it was, and forgot about it when they went to sleep? 

 

 

... things that keep me up at night. 

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