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Ötzi's ink

Frozen but not forgotten, exceptional images of the 5,300 year-old Iceman brought to light in a new project and book


Infrared close up of the 5,300 year-old Iceman's face

© Eurac Research/South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology/M. Samadelli/G. Staschitz

19 September 2021

Since his discovery in 1991, Ötzi the Iceman has provided a trove of information about the life of Europeans at that time. His long-frozen remains have yielded information on diet, migration, disease and ancient DNA. Permanently housed at the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology, the mummy’s remains are stored in a specially devised cold cell and only viewable through a small window. Here we take a rare and up close look at Europe's oldest known natural human mummy.

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