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Oetzi: The Glacier Mummy from Schnalstal Valley
Iceman from the Tisenjoch ridge

Oetzi: The Glacier Mummy from Schnalstal Valley

Iceman from the Tisenjoch ridge

In 1991, mountain climbers on the Ötztal Alps discovered a perfectly preserved 5,300 year-old mummy. Subsequently known as Oetzi, it did not take long for news of the discovery of the glacier mummy in the Schnalstal Valley to spread internationally.

For the past 25 years, the mummy has been the subject of continuous research at the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology (Südtiroler Archäologiemuseum) in Bolzano/Bozen, and continues to yield important information about life in the Neolithic Era.

Besides the reconstruction of Oetzi’s habitat at the interactive archeoParc museum in the Schnalstal Valley, there are also local routes leading to other Neolithic sites. The Oetzi Glacier Tour retraces the footsteps of Oetzi up to the Tisenjoch ridge, where he was discovered. The Iceman has also inspired artists, and is the subject of works such as the Inside Oetzi radio play and the musical composition Oetzi’s Fanfare.

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Discovery of Oetzi in Schnalstal Valley

The oldest ice mummy 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.
Ötzi Glacier Tour
Mountain Hikes, Alpine Hikes
Ötzi Glacier Tour
Challenging Alpine tour, which leads via the Similaunhütte mountain hut to the discovery site of the famous “iceman”. description to arrive at ...
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Place of discovery Ötzi
Place of discovery Ötzi
On September 19th, 1991 Ötzi, the Iceman, was found by the German mountaineering couple Erika and Helmut Simon on Tisenjoch mountain, above the ...
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archeoParc Val Senales/Schnalstal
archeoParc Val Senales/Schnalstal
archeoParc Schnalstal - Get in touch with the world of the Iceman. South Tyrol's first hands-on archaeology museum is distinguished by its unconventional ...
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The history of Ötzi - The Iceman in pictures that faithfully reflects the landscape of the Ötztal Alps. The area he lived in 5300 years ago – from Sonnenberg Mountain in lower Vinschgau to Similaun in the Schnals Valley in today’s South Tyrol – with the distinctive features of the Copper Age: cup-marked stones, “klumper” slabs, menhirs, cult sites and the earliest settlements … and of course the sensational discovery of the glacier mummy 25 years ago.

This exciting trilingual comic “Ötzi – The Iceman”, illustrated by artists Armin Barducci and Eleonora Suri Bove from Bolzano, is available from September 2016 in bookstores or you can order it here online.

ÖTZI
The Iceman - Der Mann aus dem Eis - L’uoma venuto dal ghiacciaio
english/italian/german

Armin Barducci / Eleonora Bovo
Athesia Tappeiner Publishing house
60 pages – Hardcover – 12,90 €
ISBN 978-88-6839-235-2