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Ötzi - the “Iceman” at the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology in Bolzano

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Ötzi the icemanIt was Thursday, the 19th of September 1991, the two tourists Helmut and Erika Simon were on an excursion near the Tisenjoch, in the Ötztal Alps, when they discovered a mummy that is now one of the most famous mummies in the world: Ötzi. Ötzi, or the “Iceman” as he is known, not only represents one of the most famous human finds, he is also one of the most important.

The extraordinary preservation of Ötzi’s body, clothing and equipment - after so many thousands of years - makes him really special. This is definitely a unique find. Furthermore, until his discovery, there had been no other similar finds as far as preservation is concerned.

For sure, Ötzi lived between 3350 and 3100 BC and it is almost certain that the cause of his death was an arrowhead which pierced the left side of his back.

Museum of Archaeology in BolzanoÖtzi is on display at the Museum of Archaeology in Bolzano. The mummy is preserved in a specifically designed cell and can be viewed through a small window. Throughout the year, tourists as well as local people flock to South Tyrol’s capital to admire the world-famous “Iceman”.

Photo: SiMedia / Peter U.

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