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3rd Bolzano Mummy Congress – Ötzi: 25 years of research

3rd Bolzano Mummy Congress - Ötzi: 25 years of research​

​​​​19th – 21st September 2016 - Bozen/Bolzano, Italy​



​On September 19th 1991, two hikers from Germany, Erika and Helmut Simon, inadvertently discovered the world famous 5300-year-old mummy of Ötzi, the Iceman, a corpse that was trapped in the ice at the Tisenjoch in the Ötztal Alps. Since then, a countless number of scientists and archaeologists have dedicated their research to studies on this unique source of information regarding his living conditions, environment, health issues, origin and his violent death. These studies have been made possible, by rapidly improving technologies that have become available over the past 25 years.

The 25th anniversary of the Iceman's discovery represents an ideal opportunity for all experts from the relevant fields, such as archaeology, anthropology, botany and zoology, geochemistry, medicine and molecular biology to come together to discuss their findings, and consider the future perspectives of Iceman research.


EURAC Institute for mummies and the Iceman, Albert Zink, Scientific Director

South Tyrolean Museum of Archaeology, Angelika Fleckinger, Director ​

Conference languages are English, German and Italian.

Simultaneous translation will be available during the whole conference.

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Registration & fees

Conference Fees



(until August 15th )


 (from August 16th)




Abstract submission June 15th, 2016
Notification of acceptance June 30th, 2016
Early bird registration August 15th​, 2016


Registration and general information

Registrations have to be effected using the online registration system

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Cancellation terms

Cancellations must be notified in writing.

​A full refund will be issued for cancellations received before 31.7.2016.

A 50% refund will be issued for cancellations received from 01.08.2016 until 19.08.2016 2016.

​Refunds will not be issued for cancellations received after 19.08.2016.

Substitute delegates will be accepted without charge.​


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Scientific program & committee


Scientific program

The scientific programme will mainly focus on all aspects of research related to the Iceman, whereby comparative and methodological relevant studies on other mummy findings will be also considered.

It is open for oral and poster presentations.

Round table discussions and an open lecture are also in planning.


Scientific Committee

The Scientific Committee of the conference is composed of the members of the advisory boards of the EURAC Institute for mummies and the Iceman and the South Tyrolean Museum of Archaeology.

Chair: Albert Zink



In alphabetic order: E. Egarter-Vigl (IT), V. Fernicola (IT), P. Gleirscher (A), F. Marzatico (IT), C. Lass-Flöhrl (A), W. Leitner (A), N. Lynnerup (DK), P. Paolazzi (A), A. Pedrotti (IT), P. Pernter (IT), O. Peschel (D), F. Rühli (CH), M. Wagner (A), J. Zschocke (A).

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Program overview



September 19th 2016


September   20th 2016


September 21st 2016

8.30 - 9.30

check in and opening


9.30 - 10.30 lectures

9.00 -10.30 lectures

9.00 – 10.30 lectures

10.30 – 11.00 coffee break

10.30 – 11.00 coffee break

10.30 – 11.00 coffee break

11.00-12.30 lectures

11.00-12.30 lectures


Round Table:

"Ötzi's research perspectives"

12.30 – 14.00 lunch

12.30 – 14.00 lunch

12.00 – 12.30

closing words






15.35-16.05 coffee break

15.30-16.00 coffee break


16.00-17.00 lectures

16.00-17.00 lectures





18.00 – 19.00

Round Table:

"Ötzi's death"




NOTE: Public event


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Scientific program​


Monday, September 19th 2016

8:30-9:30Registration and Poster Setup

9:30-10:00Opening and Welcome Address

Prof. Dr. Roland Psenner (President EURAC),

Dr. Florian Mussner (Landesrat für Ladinische Bildung und Kultur, Denkmalpflege, Museen, Verkehrsnetz und Mobilität)

Mag. Dr. Karin Dalla Torre MAS (Direktorin der Abteilung Museen und des Betriebs „Landesmuseen")

10:00-10:30 Conference Introduction

Albert Zink: Introduction Scientific Program

Angelika Fleckinger: 25 Jahre Mann aus dem Eis

10:30-11:00 Coffee Break

11:00-12:45 Lectures Session I: Molecular Studies

11:00-11:30     Introductory lecture

Frank Maixner et al.: Ancient DNA studies of the Iceman: the human genome, pathogen detection and dietary reconstruction.

11:30-11:45    Valentina Coia et al.: Whole mtDNA sequencing in Alpine populations and the genetic history of the Neolithic Tyrolean Iceman

11:45-12:00     Amaury Cazenave-Gassiot et al.: Lipidomics analysis of the Ötzi's last meal

12:00-12:15    Marek Janko et al.: Ötzi meets Nanotechnology - Skin, wound tissue, and stomach content analysis

12:15-12:30     Thomas Rattei et al.: Microbial genomes inside the mummy of the Iceman

12:30-12:45    Andreas Keller: Analysis of miRNAs in tissue specimens of the 5,300 year-old Tyrolean Iceman

12:45-14:15 Lunch Break

14:15-16:50 Lectures Session II: Archaeology

14:15-14:35     Introductory lecture

Günther Kaufmann: Der Mann aus dem Eis aus archäologischer Sicht. Status quo der archäologischen Forschungsarbeit.

14:35-14:50     Walter Leitner: Neuer Hot spot am Tisenjoch?

14:50-15:05     Hubert Steiner: Gletscherarchäologie im Schnalstal

15:05-15:20    Andreas Putzer: Tracing human presence connected to Pastoralism at Schnals Valley

15:20-15:35    Umberto Tecchiati, Annaluisa Pedrotti: Copper Age in Trentino Alto Adige: New Data, Syntheses and Open Problems

15:35-16:05 Coffee Break

16:05-16:20     Gerhard Sperl: Neuere Aspekte zur Metallurgie der Beilklinge des Eismannes

16:20-16:35    Gilberto Artioli, Ivana Angelini, Caterina Canovaro: Lead isotope investigation of Iceman copper axe: provenance of the metal

16:35-16:50    Benno Baumgarten, Günther Kaufmann: Die Beilklinge des Mannes aus dem Eis – Hinweise auf Produktion, Bearbeitung und Nutzung

16:50-17:20 Lectures Session III: Museology

16:50-17:05    Alex Barker, Edward Liebow: „World on the Move: the Copper Age" – A Research Symposium

17:05-17:20     Emlyn Koster: Insights into the Human Journey: A New Touring Exhibition in North America             


Conference speakers are kindly invited to:

​Reception Iceman 25th Anniversary

 h. 18.00 at the South Tyrolean Museum of Archaeology




Tuesday, September 20th 2016

09:00-10:30 Lectures Session IV: Archeobotany, Isotopes, Dating and Climate

9:00-9:30 Introductory lecture

Klaus Oeggl et al.: The Archaeobotany of Ötzi, the Iceman, and the possible involvement in pastoral acrtivities

pastoral activities

09:30-09:45     James Dickson, Klaus Oeggl: Bryophytes and the Tyrolean Iceman

09:45-10:00    Wolfgang Müller et al.: On the heavy metal(loid) exposure of the Alpine Iceman recorded in his nail, hair and soft tissue

10:00-10:15     Walter Kutschera et al.: Radiocarbon measurements around the Iceman

10:15-10:30    Paolo Gabrielli et al.: Climate and environmental changes in South Tyrol from the Ortles ice core since the time of the Iceman

​10:30-11:00 Coffee Break

11:00-12:45 Lectures Session V: Radiology and Cause of Death

11:00-11:30 Introductory lecture

Patrizia Pernter et al.: The Iceman: a radiological summary 25 years after his

discovery and Iatrogenic modifications on the Iceman

11:30-11:45    Paul Gostner, Patrizia Pernter: New radiological insights into the Iceman´s state of health

11:45-12:00    Stephanie Panzer et al.: Checklist and Scoring System for the Assessment of Soft Tissue Preservation in CT Examinations of Human Mummies: Application to Ötzi

12:00-12:15     Chiara Villa, Niels Lynnerup: Ötzi segmented

12:15-12:30    Oliver Peschel et al.: Re-evaluation of the cause of death of the Neolithic Iceman, c. 5300 BP

12:30-12:45     Alexander Horn: Behavioural analysis of the iceman murder case

12:45-14:15 Lunch Break

​14:15-17:00 Lectures Session VI: Clothing and Tools & Miscellaneous

14:15-14:45    Ursula Wierer et al.: The Iceman lithic toolkit: raw material, technology, typology and use

14:45-15:00    Paola Salzani, Umberto Tecchiati: For a Cultual Geography of "The Ice Man": Raw Materials, Places of Worship and Ideology of the Warrior Ancestor between Alto Adige and the Lessini Mountains

15:00-15:15    Niall O'Sullivan et al.: A whole mitochondria analysis of the Tyrolean Iceman's leather provides insights into the animal sources of copper age clothing

15:15-15:30    Carney Matheson: The archaeochemistry of the artefacts and associated remains of Ötzi the Iceman

15:30-16:00 Coffee Break

​16:00-16:15    Manuel Lizarralde: Were Ötzi's bow stave and arrow shafts planned to be effective for hunting and warfare?

16:15-16:30    Martin Callanan: Ötzi, Primus inter pares- The Iceman seen from the field of glacial archaeology

16:30-16:45    Sandra Lösch, Amelie Alterauge: Death in the Ice: Re-investigations of the Remains from the Theodul Glacier (Switzerland)

16:45-17:00    Oliver Gauert: Two Remarkable Peruvian Skulls from the Collection of the Roemer- und Pelizaeus-Museum Hildesheim

17:00-17:15 Session VII: Short Poster Presentations (5min each)

  • Valeria Mattiangeli et al.: Pick the right pocket. Sub-sampling of bone sections to investigate diagenesis  and DNA preservation Valeria: Pick the right pocket
  • Valentina Depellegrin et al.: Hunting and herding: Animal exploitation in Isera la Torretta (Rovereto, TN, Italy) during the late Neolithic period and early Copper Age. Preliminary results of the zooarchaeological analysis
  • Beat Schmutz et al.: Secular change of femoral morphology from a clinical perspective: How would a modern anatomically pre-contoured fracture fixation implant fit the Neolithic Iceman in comparison to medieval and modern femora?

18:00-19:00 Round Table: Fallanalyse Ötzi - Neue Rückschlüsse zum Tötungsdelikt am Mann aus dem Eis

Öffentliche Veranstaltung / Public lecture / Evento aperto al pubblico  

In deutscher Sprache / In German language. Simultanous translation will be provided/ In lingua tedesca con traduzione simultanea

Moderation: Martina Schönfeld, ZDF Hauptredaktion Geschichte und Wissenschaft

Einführung Projekt Fallanalyse: Angelika Fleckinger

Teilnehmer Diskussion/Participants: Alexander Horn (Polizeipräsidium München), Albert Zink (EURAC), Oliver Peschel (University of Munich), Klaus Oeggl (Universtiy of Innsbruck), Paul Gleirscher (Landesmuseum Kärnten), Frank Rühli (Universtiy of Zurich)

19:00-20:30 Aperitif (EURAC foyer auditorium)



Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

09:00-10:15 Lectures Session VIII: Conservation and Tattoos

9:00-9:30 Introductory lectures: 25 YEARS OF THE ICEMAN CONSERVATION

Marco Samadelli et al.: Development of analytical methods and technological devices

09:30-09:45    Ludwig Moroder: Characterization of the cultivable microbial flora on the Mummy OETZI

09:45-10:00    Marcello Melis et al.: Complete mapping of the tattoos of the 5300 years old Tyrolean Iceman

10:00-10:15    Maximilian Moser et al.: Newly discovered tattoos support acupuncture treatment in Oetzi

10:15-10:45 Lectures Session IX: The Iceman's voice

10:15-10:25     Francesco Avanzini, Rolando Füstös: How do mummies and fossils speak

10:25-10:35    Rolando Füstös et al.: Anatomy and physiology of the voice organs: what do we think about the Iceman´s voice

10:35-10:45     Piero Cosi, Andrea Sandi: How do we reconstruct the Iceman´s voice

10:45-11:15 Coffee break

11:15–12:15 Round Table: Future of Iceman research, Conservation and Museology

Open Discussion

Moderation: Albert Zink (EURAC)

Participants: Angelika Fleckinger (South Tyrolean Museum of Archaeology)

- Oliver Peschel (University of Munich)

- Frank Rühli (University of Zurich)

- Annaluisa Pedrotti (University of Trento)

- Patrizia Pernter (Central Hospital Bolzano)

- Emlyn Koster (North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences)

- Catrin Marzoli (Amt für Bodendenkmäler, Provinz Bozen)

​12:15-12:30 Closing Remarks



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Abstract review and scientific program:

PD Dr. Albert Zink

Head of Institute for mummies and the Iceman

t +39 0471 055561



Online registration and abstract submission:

Verena Zublasing, CMP
meeting management

t +39 0471 055042

eMail: mummycongress@eurac.edu



Paola Bassetti

Institute for Mummies and the Iceman

t+39 0471 055560

eMail: mummycongress@eurac.edu​​


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