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Timely Remedies: The Ancient Medicine of Ötzi the Iceman
Start Date: 3/10/2016Start Time: 7:30 PM
End Date: 3/10/2016

Event Description
Dr. Patrick Hunt, Stanford University
The almost perfectly preserved remains of “Ötzi the Iceman”, a 5,300-year-old Copper Age / Neolithic man whose body was discovered in 1991 in the Ötztal Alps at 10,500 ft. between Italy and Austria, may give us a glimpse into medicine practiced by prehistoric peoples. We know that “Ötzi” carried a medical kit with him – his own portable pharmacy with over ten different plant products that could heal and cure. Discoveries about ancient medical techniques may be possible studying Ötzi’s singular case.
Amazing forensic science has recovered much detail about Ötzi’s life. This lecture explores the medical evidence, including material technology he carried, with vital medical and bioarchaeological data. This is research conducted under the auspices of National Geographic and the Institute for EthnoMedicine where Hunt is also a Research Associate in Archeoethnobotany. Hunt has filmed several documentaries (2008, 2010) for National Geographic on Ötzi and is currently involved in a third production (2015).
Short bibliography and/or website on lecture topic:
“PBS NOVA Iceman Murder Mystery” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1JySYyTA4Eo http://www.ethnomedicine.org/about/team.asp
Location Information:
*WU Campus - Rogers Music Center  (View Map)
900 State Street
Salem, Oregon 97301
Phone: 503-370-6300
Room: Hudson Concert Hall
Contact Information:
Name: L. Whitaker
Phone: 503-370-6615
Email: lwhitake@willamette.edu
Admission / Ticket Info:
This event is free and open to the public.
Event Sponsor(s):
Center for Ancient Studies and Archaeology
Archaeological Institute of America
Salem Society of the Archaeological Institute of America

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