Ötzi, the Iceman

Ötzi, the Iceman

The mummified body of a man who probably lived in the Chalcolithic period, was found in one of the glaciers of the Alps.



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Ötzi, the Iceman






In 1991, two tourists discovered a body in a glacier while hiking in the Ötztal Alps, at the border of Austria and Italy. After the body was examined, it turned out that it was the mummified body of a man who probably died in the Chalcolithic period, about 5,300 years ago.

The body was preserved by the ice and it only reached the surface after the glacier melted. It is the world’s oldest fully preserved mummy.
The mummy was named Ötzi, but he is also called the Iceman or the Man from Hauslabjoch. At the time of his death, he was probably about 45 years old and 158 cm tall and weighed about 50 kg, which was probably the average at that time.

The mummy is now displayed in a special environment at the Museum of Archaeology in Bolzano, South Tyrol, Italy. In the past few years, numerous research groups have examined this unique finding. Ötzi’s body, the remains of his clothes and his tools all serve as important sources of information for researchers of the Chalcolithic period.

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