Ötzi: The Iceman Murder

Ötzi - The Iceman MurderÖtzi the Iceman is the modern nickname of a well-preserved natural mummy of a man from about 3300 BC, found in 1991 in a glacier of the Otztal Alps, near the border between Austria and Italy.

The nickname comes from the valley of discovery. He rivals the Egyptian "Ginger" as the oldest known human mummy, and has offered an unprecedented view on the habits of Chalcolithic (Copper Age) Europeans.

Ötzi was found by two German tourists, Helmut and Erika Simon, on September 19, 1991. The body was at first thought to be a modern corpse, like several others which had been recently found in the region. It was roughly recovered by the Austrian authorities and taken to Innsbruck, where its true age was finally discovered.

Subsequent surveys showed that the body had been located a few meters inside Italian territory. It is now on display at the South Tyrol Museum of Archeology in Bozen-Bolzano, Italy.

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  • Mr. Balls

    Interesting look into how "CSI Evidence" is enabling acheologists & anthropologists to develop an even clearer picture of how ancient people may have lived and died. Worth watching.

  • Charles B.

    Awesome documentary!

  • Andrew

    Much better than i expected. I wish i lived during those times. The struggle for survival would have be awesome.

  • Charles B.

    Andrew: LOL! Unless you were the one that had his head cracked open with a stone ax!

  • Unzar Jones

    We must be careful about reading more into evidence than it warrants. Some of the theories, while entertaining, go too far trying to explain the unexplainable.

    Hey Andrew, you don't have to go back in time to find a place where you could experience a struggle for survival. Just start walking.

  • Eff

    ATTENTION ARMCHAIR ANTHROPOLOGISTS. They neglected to mention the 3,000-year old Big Mac wrapper tucked into Otzi's deerskin bag. A burger to die for!

  • kc

    omg this is sooo freakeh :D

  • lina

    wait why was he murdered?

  • lina

    i honestly dont feel like watching it.

  • Jason

    Watched this in my Archaeology of European Prehistory course and its pretty on par with related articles on Otzi and various theories of what happened to him. Recommend for anyone.

  • Comment Guy

    This doc is as good as it gets. It provides several possible scenarios for this person's death, but more importantly, it's paints a colorful picture of early Europeans.

  • PeterMaskell

    thers notning here search goo

  • MAllen Documentaires

    When this site isn't trying to support Evolution everyday it's trying to promote it I dare you to go to the front page every week and not see a Doc on "where we came from" "who is man" "the life of our beginnings" how about some Docs that show both sides to facts of our past and being here and stop forcing theories as facts?

  • Carissa

    what happened to otzi when they pryed to him