|Reconstruction of Ötzi|
Photo by Thilo Parg
A recent article from Phys.org reports that German researchers have used non-invasive techniques to examine the contents of Ötzi's stomach and have concluded that his last meal was "very fatty, dried meat, most likely bacon" from a wild goat. The article can be read here. Judging from this description, it seems that what Ötzi had was more like bacon jerky, goat bacon cut and dried to preserve it. Dried meat would make really useful, easy-to-carry food in the mountains where he was travelling.
Think about that the next time you see bacon jerky in your local supermarket or on the Internet. Don't let modern ad copy fool you; some foods, especially dried foods, go way, way back.