Search & Book

Discovery of Oetzi in Schnalstal Valley

The oldest ice mummy in the world

In autumn 1991, a pair of mountain climbers stumbled across an ice mummy on the glacier at the Tisenjoch ridge. The discovery of Oetzi in Val Senales/Schnalstal Valley has had a long-lasting scientific impact.

Dated as being 5,300 years old, the Iceman is the oldest ice mummy ever discovered, and one of the oldest in the world.

Compared to other ancient human remnants, Oetzi is notable for his venerable age, excellent state of preservation and also the tools and items of clothing found nearby. The mummy is the centerpiece of the permanent local history exhibition at the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology in Bolzano/Bozen. Temporary exhibitions illustrate the latest research results being carried out on the Iceman.