Ötzi - the “Iceman” at the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology
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
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.
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
Photo: SiMedia / Peter U.