Ötzi: The Iceman Murder

Ötzi: The Iceman Murder

2011, Science  -   25 Comments
Ratings: 7.65/10 from 63 users.

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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  1. Kayla

    Could it have been a health issue because they didn't have medicines

  2. Diana from St. Louis MO - USA

    Hello, I watched the documentary week ago (I live in St. Louis MO- USA), and I wanted to share my idea. The focus was on the iceman being murdered - I feel he fell from the rocks above, and landed facedown  - therefore when a hunter passing by saw the "fur" which was the icemans "coat" - assumed it was an animal, and shot him in his back - not murdered. Mistaken for an animal since he wore animal fur to keep warm. 

    1. Keith

      He also had defensive wounds on his hand from a knife. The cut was down to the bone. He definitely was in some sort of battle. Blood DNA from 3 other people were found on his arrows, stone knife, and coat.

    2. ur mom

      thing is, he was at the top of the mountain no rocks above to murder him

  3. cadence

    i don't like watching this but why would his team or friend kill him?

  4. cool guy that need informtion... i don

    I really think this crazy guy who called "Ozti" this is so crazy how he could have survived in a extreme cold weather. one thing is I really don't like is his dead body frozen in ice but the weird thing that he got killed by someone but why

    1. HiMyGuy

      Maybe he was a time traveller because he had the copper axe

  5. A Random dude who watched this video

    This is amazing! I needed it for a summative test. Thank You!
    One thing I would ask for is more information, who cares about how much time it takes.
    I need works cited for this video.

  6. klaudia

    this video is interesting

  7. Mahatani Yusuf

    This important for my exam of World Prehistory. Who killed the Ice Man and why?

  8. Carissa

    what happened to otzi when they pryed to him

  9. 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?

  10. PeterMaskell

    thers notning here search goo

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. lina

    i honestly dont feel like watching it.

  14. lina

    wait why was he murdered?

  15. kc

    omg this is sooo freakeh :D

  16. 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!

  17. 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.

  18. Charles B.

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

  19. Andrew

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

  20. Charles B.

    Awesome documentary!

  21. 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.

    1. Kquen

      The only comment worth reading. Thank you Mr Balls