– 3100BC – The Ice Man
amazing fella was discovered on a mountain in the Otztal Alps, South
Tyrol, Italy on 19th
September, 1991 by two hikers. He was partially encased in glacier
ice and so well preserved that originally he was thought to be an
unfortunate mountain hiker that had met his end. After recovery of
the body radiocarbon dating revealed that the iceman lived between
3350 and 3100 BC, making him 5000 years old.
the many items of well preserved clothing found was a belt
belt not only held his loin cloth in place and kept his leggings up.
It also held a belt pouch which contained many important tools.
Iceman’s belt was made from a 4- to 5 cm-wide strip of calf’s
leather. The fragments found show that the belt was originally almost
two metres long and could therefore be wound twice around the hips
pouch was a piece of sewn-on leather, the opening of which could be
closed with a fine leather thong. The Iceman used his belt pouch to
store various flint tools: a scraper, a drill and a flint flake. A
7.1 cm bone awl was also found. It could be used for various jobs
from sewing to tattooing, or simply as a toothpick.”
belt pouch was filled for the most part with a black mass, later
identified as tinder fungus (Fomes fomentarius). The fungus,
part of a prehistoric lighter, contains traces of iron pyrite. When
struck against flint, iron pyrite nodules produce a shower of sparks.
When the sparks land on a bed of fluffy tinder fungus, the fungus
begins to glow and can be used to kindle a fire.”
suppose that this belt could be described as a modern day utility
belt. Design for a specific purpose – not just to hold your
trousers up – but to hold the pouch as well other tools and
equipment that would no doubt be held there. There are signs of
stitching on the pouch and an awl amongst the tools. The same type of
tools that I would use nowadays to make a similar belt!
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