A Brief History
On September 19, 1991, the mummified body of a man that lived around 3350 to 3105 BC was discovered in the Ötztal Alps between Austria and Italy. The name of the mountains was used to name the mummy “Otzi,” and the long dead “iceman” became a celebrity.
Preserved by the snow and ice on the mountain, this Copper Age man was found to probably have been murdered, an arrowhead found in his shoulder and other wounds implying so.
Otzi was found by tourists from Germany at a height of 10,530 feet. Believing the body to be of a modern climber, they notified police who tried to remove the mummy but had a hard time of it because of it being frozen in the ice.
Otzi was subjected to intense examination and controversy over who the mummy belonged to. He is believed to have been about 5 foot 3 inches in height and weighed about 110 pounds while alive.
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For more information, please see…
Fleckinger, Angelika. Ötzi, the Iceman: The Full Facts at a Glance. Folio Verlagsges, 2018.
Seligson, Bud. Otzi the Iceman. Lost Age Publishing, 2017.
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