Iceman Reborn

Watch as Otzi, a 5000-year-old mummy, is brought to life and preserved with 3D modeling. Airing September 28, 2016 at 9 pm on PBS Aired September 28, 2016 on PBS

  • Originally aired 02.17.16

Program Description

He was stalked, attacked and left to die alone. Murdered more than 5,000 years ago, Otzi the Iceman is Europe’s oldest known natural mummy. Miraculously preserved in glacial ice, his remarkably intact remains continue to provide scientists, historians, and archeologists with groundbreaking discoveries about a crucial time in human history. But in order to protect him from contamination, this extraordinary body has been locked away, out of reach, in a frozen crypt—until now. NOVA joins renowned artist and paleo-sculptor Gary Staab as he has been granted rare access into the Iceman’s frozen lair. Gary has been charged with creating an exact replica of the mummy, which scientists and the public alike can then study up close and in person. As we see the Iceman reborn from 3D printing, resin, clay and paint, new revelations about Otzi’s life and legacy come to light, including surprising secrets hidden in his genetic code.

 

Broadcast Credits

WRITTEN BY
David Murdock & Bonnie Brennan
PRODUCED AND DIRECTED BY
Bonnie Brennan
EDITED BY
Paul Marengo
Vincent Liota
CAMERA
Douglas Raines
Rene Heijnen
SUPERVISING PRODUCER
David Murdock
CO-PRODUCERS
Chris Higgins
Robert Visty, Jr.
ADDITIONAL CAMERA
Gary Staab
David Murdock
Robert Visty
Chris Higgins
Wes Dorman
Adam Shanker
Edward Marritz
SOUND RECORDISTS
Nathan Towns
Ivar Trentleman
Barry Weisblat
David Wendlinger
Ken Paulakovich
Mark Mandler
ASSISTANT EDITORS
Jim Fetela
Gabriel Almanza
Adarsh Kaushal
ASSISTANT CAMERA
Sam Barton Humphreys
Kevin Dorman
Paul Turlick
Tim Willlis
NARRATED BY
Jay O. Sanders
MUSIC
Legativity Music
APM
ANIMATION
2K-12 Studios
ONLINE EDITOR AND COLORIST
David Bigelow
AUDIO MIX
Heart Punch Studios
RESEARCH
Will Toubman
Danya Gordin
POST PRODUCTION ASSISTANT
Brandon Kurtz
ARCHIVAL MATERIAL
Alamy
David Anthony
Aaron Deter-Wolf
Getty Images
Higgins Entertainment Group
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Lars Krutak
National Geographic Creative
Nordiska Museet
Pixeldust
Pond5
Johan Reinhard
Regional Hospital of Bolzano
Science Source
South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology
Staab Studios
SPECIAL THANKS
Anjelika Fleckinger
Melitta Franceschini
Katharina Hershel
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Dolan DNA Learning Center
Elna Carrasco
EURAC, Institute for Mummies and the Iceman
Stanford School of Medicine
Ammodramus
Sven Rosborn
Carsten Frenzl
Mawhamba
Tucker Adams
Kelly Coskran
Nicholas Tonelli
Jeanne Boleyn
Arxiu Comarcal de l’Alt Emporda
Gunnar Greutz
FOR ARTE FRANCE
HEAD OF SPECIALIST FACTUALS DEPARTMENT
Hélène Coldefy
NOVA SERIES GRAPHICS
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NOVA THEME MUSIC
Walter Werzowa
John Luker
Musikvergnuegen, Inc.
ADDITIONAL NOVA THEME MUSIC
Ray Loring
Rob Morsberger
CLOSED CAPTIONING
The Caption Center
POST PRODUCTION ONLINE EDITOR
David Bigelow
DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS
Jennifer Welsh
PUBLICITY
Eileen Campion
Eddie Ward
RESEARCH
Diane Toomey
SENIOR SCIENCE RESEARCHER
Caitlin Rotman Saks
NOVA ADMINISTRATOR
Anne Barleon
PRODUCTION COORDINATOR
Linda Callahan
PARALEGAL
Sarah Erlandson
TALENT RELATIONS
Janice Flood
LEGAL COUNSEL
Susan Rosen
DIGITAL MANAGING PRODUCER
Kristine Allington
SENIOR DIGITAL EDITOR
Tim De Chant
DIRECTOR OF DIGITAL MEDIA
Lauren Aguirre
RIGHTS MANAGER
Lauren Miller
UNIT MANAGER
Ariam McCrary
POST PRODUCTION ASSISTANT
Ezra Wolfinger
POST PRODUCTION COORDINATOR
Brittany Flynn
SUPERVISING PRODUCER
Kevin Young
POST PRODUCTION EDITOR
Michael H. Amundson
BROADCAST MANAGER
Nathan Gunner
BUSINESS MANAGER
Elizabeth Benjes
DEVELOPMENT PRODUCER
David Condon
PROJECT DIRECTOR
Pamela Rosenstein
COORDINATING PRODUCER
Laurie Cahalane
SENIOR SCIENCE EDITOR
Evan Hadingham
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Chris Schmidt
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Melanie Wallace
DEPUTY EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Julia Cort
MANAGING DIRECTOR
Alan Ritsko
SENIOR EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Paula S. Apsell

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Original funding for this program was provided by Google, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, the David H. Koch Fund for Science and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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Image Credit: (Iceman replica)
© South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology

Participants

Alexandra Adams Sockell
Stanford School of Medicine
Carlos Bustamante
Stanford School of Medicine
Herlien Declerck
Materialise
Aaron Deter-Wolf
Tennessee Division of Archaeology
Eduard Egarter Vigl
South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology
Patrick Hunt
Stanford University
Marco Samadelli
Institute for Mummies and the Iceman
Gary Staab
Paleo-Artist
James Watson
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Albert Zink
Institute for Mummies and the Iceman

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