Monday, June 27, 2005

Oldest Vegan in the World. The Ice Man

Iceman is oldest known vegan in the world

Seems someone got there before Donald Watson who coined the phrase vegan in 1944 and set up the Vegan Society. | Mummies: "From a find in the Alps in 1991, an ice man quickly became famous in archaeological circles. Found frozen, a natural mummy, the ice man is believed to have been either a shaman or a hunter and he is estimated to be close to 5,000 years old.
In order to find out more about the traveller, Macko ran a piece of hair taken from the sample through a mass spectrometer to find the relative abundance of carbon-13 and carbon-12, as well as nitrogen-15 and nitrogen-14. These criteria will tell Macko what types of food Oetzi ate.
Using this form of analysis, Macko can distinguish between vegetable- and animal-based foods, marine and terrestrial foods. In fact, there is even a way to tell corn from wheat, which is invaluable in determining where a people may have come from, and what they ate along the way.

In the case of the ice man - he was believed to be a vegan. Whether or not it was by choice can't be determined with Macko's scientific tools."

Tatoos on his skin were thought to prove he was also a fan of acupuncture.

Further research suggested that there were traces of goat in his stomach leading vegans to believe that after visting an tyrolean fast food restaurant he hade discovered that the McYeti-Yougotit burger was not as he had mistranslated made of tofu and micoprotein but actually Italian Mounted Goat. The poor devil had literally choked on his supper when he realised.

It is believed he belonged to an agricultural community based on the cereal grains found not just on his garments but recovered from his colon which contained bran of the primitive wheat Einkorn.

More at BBC

Telegraph. Research on Otzi has revealed much information about Neolithic man. Analysis of his hair revealed he was most likely a vegan.

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