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Glacier mummy "Ötzi" (reconstruction in the Musée de Préhistoire de Quinson , Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, France)
Attempt to replicate the clothes of "Ötzi" in the Val Senales Museum ArcheoParc , South Tyrol. It is not known whether the coat actually had sleeves.

Ötzi , also called Mann vom Tisenjoch , Mann vom Hauslabjoch , The Ice Man , Mummy from Similaun and the like, is a glacier mummy from the late Neolithic or Copper Age that was found in 1991 in the Ötztal Alps ( South Tyrol ). Using the radiocarbon dating of the time of death of the man in 3258 ± 89 was v. Chr. Determined. This makes Ötzi the oldest known natural human mummy. A large number of insights into the life of the Stone Age people in Europe are due to their investigation.


"Ötzi" discovery site

The mummy was found on September 19, 1991 at the 3208  m high Tisenjoch ( 46 ° 47 '  N , 10 ° 51'  E ) in the Ötztal Alps above the Niederjochferner . The Tisenjoch, a depression in the Schnals ridge between the Fineilspitze and the Similaun , connects the Schnalstal with the Ötztal . The man from Tisenjoch was discovered by the two German mountain hikers Erika and Helmut Simon from Nuremberg and is the only surviving corpse from the Copper Age (also known as the late or end Neolithic ) in Central Europe that has been preserved by natural freeze-drying .

The site is a hollow in the rock that was once covered by glacial ice. The ice could never move and exert shear forces in the hollow because of the insignificant incline and the proximity to the slope edge to the west (no ice supply). Rather, Ötzi was well protected at this point thanks to the immobile mass of ice above him. Only when the glacier retreated due to severe thawing in the unusually hot summer of 1991 were the objects uncovered.

Boundary course at the place of discovery

Since Ötzi was found in the border region between the Austrian state of Tyrol and the Italian province of South Tyrol , both states initially claimed the find. The cause is the glacier cover at the site of the discovery of the watershed agreed as a boundary in the 1919 Treaty of Saint-Germain-en-Laye . The international border regulation committee, commissioned to define the terrain in 1920, assumed that in the case of glacier cover a straight line would draw the boundaries of the watershed beneath the glacier and decided to proceed accordingly. In 1922 he also established a corresponding boundary at the site of the find. Although the site is on the side of the watershed facing Austria, a survey in October 1991 showed that it was 93 meters from the border on Italian territory. Since September 2006, a new contract between the Republic of Austria and the Italian Republic on the maintenance of the boundary signs as well as the measurement and marking of the common national border has been in force, which defines the watershed in glaciers no longer as the watershed of the underlying terrain, but as that of the glacier surface and thus variably defined. Thus, depending on the condition of the glacier, the site is now on Italian or, if the glacier has completely thawed, on Austrian territory.

Recovery and find circumstances

Obelisk at the place of discovery on the Tisenjoch, in the background the Similaun

The ice corpse was recovered on September 23, 1991 by the Institute for Forensic Medicine at the University of Innsbruck. Since the importance of the corpse was not immediately recognized, several mishaps occurred:

  • The policeman who wanted to free the ice corpse from the ice on the day it was discovered damaged Ötzi's hip with a pimple and a jackhammer.
  • Four days later, the police packed the body and the found objects in a plastic bag. Because the bow was too big for the sack, it was broken.
  • The undertaker in Vent broke Ötzi's arm so that he could be put in a coffin and brought to the forensic medicine department in Innsbruck.
  • The coroner was inclined to release the corpse for burial, since no murderer is alive or legally to be prosecuted with old corpses before the prehistorian Konrad Spindler was informed by the University of Innsbruck .

Physical findings

The first scientific investigation of the archaeological findings was carried out by Konrad Spindler. In addition, specialists from the fields of anthropology , forensics and pathology were included in the investigations from the start .

Anatomy and pathology

Stereolithographic model of the skull based on CT data from 1993

The approximately 1.54 m tall and 13 kg heavy, freeze-dried corpse is almost intact and complete. The probable age at death is given as 45–46 years, with a deviation of up to ± 5 years possible. Since the body shrinks when it freezes, it must have been taller, about 1.60 m. The torso shows deterioration of the lumbar spine and an injury caused by an arrow shot in the left shoulder. Furthermore, the skull shows a fracture of the cranial suture between the zygomatic bone and the frontal bone ( suture zygomaticofrontalis ) in the area of ​​the right edge of the eye . A traumatic brain injury has now been proven.

The degree of wear and tear of the joints is classified as relatively low for the age, which suggests a prominent social position. High concentrations of metals were found in the hair ; therefore it was initially assumed that he came into contact at least temporarily with copper smelting. However, this assumption was recently contradicted.

The teeth are badly worn, which - as with many other Neolithic findings - can be attributed to the consumption of grain with the particles of millstones it contains . According to the mineral status of the teeth, it came from the Eisack valley . In 2011, various dental diseases such as tooth decay and mild periodontal disease were diagnosed. The diastema (the gap between the two upper central incisors) is also noticeable . Another study revealed, among other things, indications of an accidentally dead front tooth and advanced periodontitis, the latter also confirmed by DNA analyzes from the pelvic bone, which detect the periodontal pathogen Treponema denticola .

A connection between periodontitis and a previously found hardening of the arteries is discussed.

Numerous blue-black tattoo groups have been preserved on the mummy , in which coal dust was rubbed into small punctiform wounds. They are among the world's oldest verifiable tattoos and are made up of 61 individual tattoos. Particularly striking are the parallel lines in the lumbar area, stripes around his right ankle and a tattoo in the form of a cross behind his right knee. Due to some punctures on classic acupuncture points , there is speculation about a therapeutic function of the tattoos.

Three gallstones described in 2001 indicate an increased cholesterol level in the glacier man, which, in connection with the arteriosclerosis diagnosed years ago, leads to a new interpretation of his diet. While the heavy tooth wear was still taken as evidence of a predominantly vegetarian diet, meat is now accepted as an essential source of food. However, the DNA analysis also provided indications of a hereditary component of the arterial disease. In 2016, the Helicobacter pylori bacterium was found in the mummy's stomach, which, in connection with the birch pork being carried as medicine, indicates acute stomach problems.

The left humerus was broken during the rescue in the icy terrain. As only pathological examinations in 2011 showed, the right upper arm was also broken post-mortem , which is also probably due to the rescue. In 2012, atomic force microscopy and Raman spectroscopy were able to detect red blood cells in the arrow wound on the back.

Genetic analysis

In 2011, the first results of the investigation of the genome (from the cell nucleus DNA) became known. This is how the gene for brown eyes was identified. The iceman genome was sequenced from the pelvic bone and published in February 2012.

From Ötzi's genetic material it was concluded that he was lactose intolerant . However, this fact does not yet justify the assumption - which is partly rumored in the press - of a general inadequacy to a rural economy, since lactose intolerance is still considered the more likely finding for late Neolithic populations. The comparison of mtDNA, which became known in November 2012, assumes Ötzi's genetic integration into a rural culture. The Iceman was a carrier of blood group 0. Borrelia ( Borrelia burgdorferi ) also suggest that it is the oldest documented case of tick- borne Lyme disease , even if this has been questioned in more recent studies.

Paternal Line (Y-DNA)

A partial sequence of the Y chromosome inherited from father to sons became known in February 2012. The youngest known Y haplogroup has been identified as G2a4-L91 . This haplogroup is very rare and can only be found today in significant percentages in the relatively isolated populations of Corsica and Sardinia . Similar to the comparison of the entire genome, it is assumed that this haplogroup represents a Neolithic population that, with a few exceptions, was strongly pushed back in the original distribution area from the Bronze Age.

As part of a historical-genetic study on the settlement of the Tyrolean Alpine region in 2013, Innsbruck researchers assigned 19 of 3713 Tyrolean participants to haplogroup G-L91, whose age they estimated to be 10,000 years. Recent calculations based on other ancient human remains and modern men estimate an age of around 12,000 years.

By comparing the published Y sequence with privately financed Y sequencing, Citizen Science was able to assign Ötzi's Y chromosome to younger haplogroups that are descendants of G-L91 and are defined by the following SNP markers: PF3239> L166> FGC5672. The haplogroup G-L166 is estimated to be 6800 years old and is so far in Ötzi and modern Y-sequences with origins in Sardinia , Thuringia , Košický kraj (Slovakia) , Casablanca (Morocco) , Mecca (Saudi Arabia) and Punjab ( Pakistan) .

Maternal line (mtDNA)

The first genetic data to Ötzi of this little inherited in the maternal line genetic section existed that him a subgroup of the mtDNA - haplogroup zuordneten K1 to the currently known no survivors. However, other subsets of K1 and the parent exist haplogroup K . In November 2012, the derivation was presented that the mitochondrial DNA of the iceman mainly corresponds to peasant populations of the late Neolithic , whose genetic makeup shows clear differences to more or less simultaneous hunter and gatherer populations . The complete mitochondrial genome of the 7,000-year-old epipalaeolithic skeleton Braña-1 (La Braña-Aritero, Province of León ), which, like various other mesolithic peoples, belongs to haplogroup U (U5), offers an informative comparison . The genetic material for the comparison also comes from a skeleton of the dimpled pottery culture from Gotland as well as from a southern Swedish farmer of the funnel beaker culture and from an Iron Age farmer from Bulgaria . From the comparison it was deduced that the peasant societies immigrated from the Middle East and Southern Europe and later only mixed with regionally resident hunter-gatherer peoples to a limited extent.

Last days of life and death

The last days in the life of the glacier man could be illuminated mainly by the examination of his intestinal contents by botanists from the University of Innsbruck . On the basis of pollen ingested with food, it can be demonstrated that Ötzi covered long stretches between different vegetation zones in the last few days before his death. Accordingly, he initially stayed in the area of ​​the tree line , which was then about 2400 meters (today about 1800-2100 m). He then descended either into the Schnals or further into the Adige Valley and about six hours before his death up again in the direction of the Tisenjoch.

At least about 24 hours before the arrow attack, which led to the death, Ötzi was involved in close combat. Cuts on the left arm and hands as well as scratches on the entire body, especially on the back, are evidence of this. According to the research center Eurac Research , contrary to other interpretations, no traces of human blood were found on the arrowheads, the hatchet or the dagger blade. Only the slight traces of blood on the grass mantle could come from Ötzi himself, but possibly also from animals.

In the summer of 2011 it became known that Ötzi was taking a rest around an hour before his death and ate an extensive meal, which also included meat from Alpine ibex . The stomach was only identified in 2009 at an anatomically unusual location in the chest. Botanists from the University of Innsbruck also found numerous pollen from the hop beech in Ötzi's stomach, which suggests that Ötzi died in spring. Details on the stomach contents were published scientifically for the first time in 2011. With the finding of an extensive rest, the earlier scenario that the man was on a hasty escape from the valley is refuted.

In 2007 a conclusive scenario of Ötzi's death was published, which makes a murder by an arrow attack very likely. The arrowhead was only discovered in 2001 through new x-rays. It differs from the two surviving arrowheads from Ötzi's quiver in that it is more compact, so the arrow comes with a high degree of probability from a pursuer. The attacker shot the arrow diagonally below on the slope in the back of the glacier man when he was possibly still resting (after the meal mentioned above). The arrowhead punched a hole about two centimeters in the left shoulder blade as it penetrated the body . With the help of a “multislice computed tomography ” an injury to the back wall of the left shoulder- near subclavian artery ( subclavian artery ) could be detected. A large bruise can be seen in the surrounding tissues on the CT images . Eduard Egarter Vigl 's team of pathologists initially concluded that the arrow stuck in the body not only pierced the left shoulder blade but also the main artery , which would have led to death within a short time due to the high blood loss. In the evaluation of the circumstances of death published in 2007, the result was changed to the effect that Ötzi did not die from the direct consequences of the arrow wound, but from a subsequent severe head trauma . The authors leave open, however, whether the head trauma was caused by a backward fall as a result of the arrow shot or by a blow to the head, as popular media like to emphasize.

A similar arrowhead pierced Ötzi's shoulder blade from behind ; Blade tip, flint ( Grand Pressigny ), with shaft tongue, retracted arrow base (barb, one broken off)

There is still no general consensus among experts on the cause of death. At the Second International Mummy Congress (October 2011 in Bolzano ) several possibilities were presented, none of which could be ruled out beyond doubt:

  • Death could be the direct result of arterial hemorrhage from the left subclavian artery, which may have been injured by the bullet .
  • Venous bleeding due to injury to the veins following the subclavian artery is also possible. Such an injury has not yet been proven, but is likely due to the location of the arrowhead.
  • The now proven traumatic brain injury, the origin of which has not yet been fully clarified, could also have led directly to death.
  • So far, it has not been possible to prove with certainty that the large vessels that run in front of the shoulder blade have been injured. These vessels may have remained intact. In this case, only the shoulder blade was perforated by the arrowhead and death could have occurred from slow bleeding to death, caused by damage to the arterial plexus ( rete scapulare ) in the shoulder blade , which was certainly injured.

However, the latest findings of fibrin in the arrow wound suggest direct death from the arrow shot.

The place of death of the glacier man was a transverse channel, a place somewhat sheltered from the wind. It is still unclear whether this place was chosen as the last resting place or was also the crime scene where he was hit with the arrow. The arrow shaft was removed from the victim's back, probably by external influence. The valuable hatchet with a copper blade was found on the mummy, which makes a robbery unlikely. However, this theory cannot be ruled out, as it cannot be reconstructed which objects the man from Tisenjoch still carried with him that the persecutor might have taken with him.

An alternative theory is the funeral theory : In 2010, a working group from the University of Rome published the controversial thesis that Ötzi died at lower altitude and was only brought to the pass and buried there months later . The objects found would therefore be grave goods . The reason given was that the analysis of the intestinal contents points to a death in April, but the pollen at the site, however, to August or September. A spatial analysis of the find situation suggests that the body was ritually laid out on a platform made of stones together with the tools and other objects. The laying down on the platform was later torn apart by the slow flow of the glacier ice, so that the body was finally found in the channel about 80 cm deeper and about 5 m northeast of the remains of the platform.

The burial theory was rejected by scientists from the South Tyrol Museum of Archeology, the University of Innsbruck and the Institute for Mummies at the Eurac Research research center . No decomposition processes can be detected that would have been inevitable if the corpse had been stored in the valley beforehand. In addition, the uninterrupted flow of blood in the left arm, which was angled under the body of the dead, is evidence of the unchanged posture during the freeze-drying process and can only be explained by such. The surrounding pollen brought into the field comes from melted ice and thus from a secondary location, which is why this argument by Vanzetti's working group is not very valid either.

The English archaeologist Francis Pryor advocates the theory that the arrow shot at Ötzi was a ritual murder , which is supported by the deliberate dumping of his equipment.

Clothing and equipment

In addition to the remains of clothing, numerous everyday objects and utensils from this era were found next to the corpse. Some of the items of equipment show stylistic features that allow the corpse to be assigned as a representative of the southern Alpine Remedello culture . This is especially the copper ax, for which there are only a few comparative finds from the Remedello culture and of which there are similar rock art in Valcamonica . Another, region- specific feature is the Lessinian flint from which the dagger and arrowheads were made. This fossil-bearing flint points to the quarrying in the Monti Lessini , a mountain region east of the upper Lake Garda (also "Small Dolomites"). It is particularly typical of stone tools from the Remedello culture.

A DNA analysis of the leather scraps made it possible to identify the animals from which the clothing was made.

Articles of clothing

Ötzi wore a jacket made of brown and white fur, which was striped lengthways and whose light and dark fur stripes were combined in a visually effective way on the outside of the fur. Contrary to an earlier determination as sheepskin 2016 published study is for the jacket of a combination of goat and sheep skin and the leg warmers of goatskin from. However, the comfort of the jacket cannot be compared with today's clothing. The leg warmers are similar to the leggings of North American Indians. They consist of many small pieces of fur that have been carefully sewn with animal tendons using the overlay technique . Why Ötzi's leg warmers are patchwork work is still unclear today. Around the hips Ötzi wearing a belt made of calfskin , on which the leather straps of the leg pieces were attached and the also to the knees reaching loincloth from sheepskin held.

Reconstruction of the Ötzi shoe
Ötzi's shoes, sketch

Ötzi's shoes are made of different materials. For the shaft, cowhide (formerly used: deer) was used, the hair side of which pointed outwards to ward off moisture. The sole was made of better insulating bearskin with the hair side on the inside. On the underside of the sole, a cross-running and crossing leather strip was attached, which is the oldest known profile sole of a shoe. The upper leather and sole were held in place by a circumferential leather strap, drawn in using a stitch technique. The inner shoe consisted of twisted and twisted cords of grass. This mesh was firmly connected to the sole by the circumferential leather strap, but was open at the top towards the shaft. Between the mesh of the inner shoe and the shaft leather dry sweet grass (was Brachypodium pinnatum and bristle grass ) stuffed, which served as a cushioning and insulating. The shoe, which was specially built for requirements in the high mountains, was closed with a " shoelace " made of linden bast .

As headgear, Ötzi wore a hat made from the fur of a brown bear , which confirms the initial determination. In the meantime, analyzes were based on wolf or dog fur .

In addition, an approximately 25 cm² large scrap of plaited sweet grass (of the species Fieder-Zwenke ) was found. The initial interpretation as part of a cape or a mat is controversial, it could also be a rain head protection or the part of a missing container for back carrying (described below).

Copper hatchet

Faithful reconstruction of the copper ax

The copper hatchet that was carried has been preserved in its entirety. The blade is made of 99% copper, which, according to the latest analyzes, was extracted from ore in southern Tuscany. While copper ax blades from the 4th millennium BC AD are known. In some number, Ötzi's ax is the only one that scarfed is received. With this ax it was possible to cut trees. Ötzi could have been a respected man as copper was very valuable at the time. It is possible that the sensitive and valuable ax was not intended as a tool at all, but as a weapon.

Bow and arrows

The not yet completely finished bow made of yew wood was worked with the ax . He is 1.80 m long. CT images of the cross-section show that the arch has horizontal annual rings and the outside of the trunk forms the back of the arch, as is the rule for Neolithic yew arches . A question that has not yet been fully clarified is that of the sapwood on the back, as this is either completely absent or, due to secondary coloring, can no longer be distinguished from the darker heartwood . The bow does not have a smooth surface, but has a very regular structure of small carved notches on all sides, which were made either with a flat ax made of copper or with blades made of flint. The lack of tendon notches alone is no proof of the incompletion of the bow, because these can be made superfluous by two tightly knotted tendon ears and / or by wrapping the limb ends (straps as tendon stoppers). As experiments with replicated yew arches have shown, these have a deadly penetration force in hoofed game at 30–50 meters.

The 14 arrows were made of wood from the woolly snowball . Only two arrow shafts still are arrowheads from flint obtained with plant fibers and birch pitch have been attached and glued. The fletching of the arrows was also glued on with birch pitch and additionally wrapped with a cord. The nock notches were deeply cut (so-called "self nocks") so that the arrows could be nocked firmly into the string.

Flint dagger

Drawing of the dagger, as well as the two arrowheads, the blade scraper, the drill and the small flint chip

The dagger that is part of the equipment has a flint blade and an ash wood handle . This flint contains tiny fossils that are only known in this composition from a pit in the municipality of Sant'Anna d'Alfaedo in the Monti Lessini east of Lake Garda.

The retoucher, a pin made of linden wood, into which the fire-hardened chip of a deer antler was inserted, was used to process flint cuts. See retouching .

Back carrier and embers container

Due to the ice movements a few meters away from the mummy, the remains of a back stretcher made of hazel wood ( Corylus avellana ) were found. This consisted of a 1.99 m long, curved hazel stick, at both ends of which there were two cut notches lying one above the other. Two larch split wood boards (40–38 cm long, 5–4.3 cm wide) with incised notches seem to correspond to the notches on the hazel stick and may have served as a support on the lower back while the hazel stick formed the frame. In the bend area of ​​the hazel rod, traces of criss-cross windings can be seen that match the remains of linden bast cords, which, according to K. Spindler, were found directly under the carrying frame. In addition, a third, much shorter larch board measuring 16.5 cm in length was found during the subsequent excavations in 1992. The reconstruction of the carrying sack remains speculative so far, as no remains of a sack or its attachment to the wooden frame have been preserved. On the websites of the Bolzano Archeology Museum it is said at one point that remains of fur and tufts of hair indicate that a fur sack was attached to the stretcher. At another point it is speculated that the mesh made of sweet grass (traditionally interpreted as a “grass coat”) could also represent the missing container that was attached to the back stretcher.

Two cylindrical birch bark cans were also found. The diameter of the cans is 15-18 cm, the height about 20 cm. One of the bark vessels has a blackish charred inner wall and is therefore interpreted as a container for embers to transport glowing charcoal. It contained vegetable and charcoal fragments embedded in freshly picked Norway maple leaves . The charcoal consisted of the following types: spruce / larch, mountain pine , green alder , net willow , elm and probably also common rock pear .

Belt pouch with content

A belt pouch contained a blade scraper, drill, fragment of a blade, and a 7.1 cm awl . The scale and traces of pyrite it also contained are components of the lighter used at the time . Two birch porlings that were carried along served as a remedy. The fungus has a disinfecting effect and is also used as an infusion against worms and stomach problems (in the presence of seeds, for example ). The function of a bundle of twisted rawhide strips on which a perforated stone disc is threaded has not been clarified; it was recently suggested that it be interpreted as part of a so-called bird's gallows .


Kutschera (2002) summarizes the raw results of the laboratories in Zurich and Oxford to 4550 ± 19 BP, which with OxCal 4.4 result in a mean of 3258 ± 89 (1σ) calBC, and a median of 3223 calBC, in calendar years: 3368-3108 calBC ( 95.4%) and 3371-3101 calBC (99.7%).


Inscription of the Ötzi monument

The first scientific editor of the Funds, Konrad Spindler, initially assumed that the locality is nameless, and therefore called the mummy after further north and significantly higher between Fineilspitze and Hauslabkogel located Hauslabjoch ( Jungneolithische mummy from the glacier from Hauslabjoch, community Senales, Autonomous Province of Bolzano-South Tyrol, Italy ). Subsequently, however, it was pointed out that the crossing, in the immediate vicinity of which the mummy was found, bears the name Tisenjoch , from which the name Mann vom Tisenjoch developed.

The name “Ötzi” goes back to the article “Vom Ötzi und dem Arnold” in the evening edition of the Vienna daily Arbeiter-Zeitung on September 26, 1991, written by the journalist and educator Nikolaus Glattauer . The editor-in-chief at the time had asked for a catchy, catchy name. Following a telephone suggestion from Karl Wendl, the mummy was then named "Ötzi" in this article .

Spindler himself "resigned" to this language creation with humor:

“However, only one nickname has prevailed worldwide: Ötzi. Used without an article and always capitalized abroad, the formation of proper names is complete. The name is ready for the lexicon. "

The South Tyrolean Archeology Museum , where the mummy is kept today, uses the designation The Man from the Ice, Mummy from Similaun, Ötzi the Ice Man or Man from Similaun.

In German-speaking countries, the terms “The Man from the Ice”, “Man from Tisenjoch”, “Man from Hauslabjoch” and “Mummy from Similaun” and the like are in use. The name "Schnalsi" (after the Schnalstal) was launched, but could not prevail. In the Italian-speaking world, the mummy is called "Oetzi", "La Mummia del Similaun", "Uomo del Similaun" or "Uomo venuto dal ghiaccio" ("Man who comes out of the ice"). "Iceman" and "Frozen Fritz" are common in English-speaking countries.

Permanent exhibitions

  • The original glacier mummy has been exhibited in the South Tyrolean Archaeological Museum in Bolzano since March 1998 . The coordination of the scientific processing was entrusted to the Bolzano pathologist Eduard Egarter Vigl . The mummy is stored in a cold store, which, at −6.5 ° C and 97–99% humidity, mimics the conditions inside the glacier and is thus supposed to maintain the degree of freeze-drying in the best possible way. Since the mummy still loses four to six grams of water every day, it is fed back to it every three months. For this purpose, warm water is sprayed as a fine mist in the cooling cell , which lays on the mummy, partially penetrates the skin and forms a thin layer of ice on it. A process is being planned in which the atmosphere in the cold store is to be replaced with pure nitrogen . This is supposed to prevent the growth of aerobic bacteria and also remove the radicals that could attack the mummy from the environment.
  • In the open-air museums Ötzi-Dorf in Umhausen in North Tyrol and in the ArcheoParc in Schnals in South Tyrol, attempts are made to reconstruct the world of Ötzi and his time and to convey it to a broad audience.

Solo exhibitions

  • Since January 2003, a traveling exhibition with reproductions of the equipment and clothing of the Iceman has been touring the whole world. In view of the ongoing research, the content of the traveling exhibition is updated with every change of location. From March 23, 2016 to January 22, 2017, the exhibition was entitled Ötzi. The Ice Man ... and two from here in the Braunschweigisches Landesmuseum in Braunschweig .
  • In autumn 2012, an exhibition on the subject of "The Return of Ötzi" was on view in the Eichstätt Jura Museum , which also offered a workshop.
  • From February 7th to September 7th, 2014 the exhibition Ötzi 2.0 - News from the Ice Mummy with interactive modules and an educational accompanying program ran in the Archaeological State Collection in Munich . A live webcam was used to look into the cooling chamber in Bolzano.
  • August 24, 2018 to January 6, 2019 - Exhibition at the Natural History Museum in Paderborn.

Legal dispute over the fund premium

After several years of legal dispute since November 2003, the two German mountain hikers Erika and Helmut Simon from Nuremberg are considered to be the discoverers . The South Tyrolean provincial government appealed against this decision of the Bolzano regional court , as the Slovenian Magdalena Mohar and the Zurich native Sandra Nemeth had reported who wanted to have found the glacier man. The long legal dispute over the glacier mummy led to an agreement in June 2009 that the Simon family, with the approval of the provincial government in Bolzano, was awarded a reward of 150,000 euros for the discovery of the glacier mummy, whereby the litigation and legal costs were to be borne by the family. However, after this agreement broke at the last moment, there was another procedure that ended in June 2010, after which the South Tyrolean provincial government promised Erika Simon a finder's fee of 175,000 euros and finally paid it out in August 2010.


The Ötzidenkmal, erected in 2020 in the industrial area of ​​Bolzano

Both lay and specialist media dealt with the find with its conclusions and interpretations very quickly and persistently. There was even talk of the "curse of Ötzi" as a modern variant of the curse of the mummy of Tutankhamun . So far, seven people are said to have died who had anything to do with the corpse, including its discoverer Helmut Simon.

A conspiracy theory book called The Oetztal Fake. Anatomy of an archaeological grotesque briefly attracted attention in 1993.

With regard to the cultural dimension of remembrance of the permanent exhibition of the glacier corpse in the center of Bolzano, it was emphasized that a "symbolic reference to a new, almost timeless South Tyrolean identity" was created. his ideologically very charged Victory Monument from the time of Italian fascism.

In 2020 , an Ötzi memorial made of Lasa marble was erected at a roundabout in Bozen-Süd, in the middle of the industrial area and near the city motorway exit .


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  • Konrad Spindler : The man in the ice. New sensational insights into the mummy in the Ötztal Alps . Gold man. Munich 2000, ISBN 3-442-12596-0 .
  • A. Haller: The Similaun Syndrome. Oecci Homo - From the discovery of the glacier mummy to transdisciplinary research design . Libelle, Bottighofen 1992, ISBN 3-909081-54-1 .
  • Frank Höpfel , Werner Platzer, Konrad Spindler (eds.): The man in the ice. (= Report on the international symposium 1992 in Innsbruck. Vol. 1; Publications of the University of Innsbruck. Vol. 187). Innsbruck 1992, ISBN 3-901249-01-X .
  • The glacier mummy from the end of the Stone Age from the Ötztal Alps (= special print from: Yearbook of the Roman-Germanic Central Museum. No. 39. 1992). Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum , Mainz 1993. (separate publication)
  • Mark-Steffen Buchele: The Ötzi - a media event. Conveying reality in the area of ​​tension between public relations and journalism. In: Leipzig research on prehistoric and early historical archeology. Vol. 6. Leipzig 2004 (incl. CD-Rom), ISBN 3-936394-12-1 (weblink: Professorship for Prehistory and Early History at the University )
  • Markus Egg & Konrad Spindler : Clothing and equipment of the glacier mummy from the Ötztal Alps (=  monographs of the Roman-Germanic Central Museum Mainz. Vol. 77). Schnell & Steiner, Regensburg 2008, ISBN 978-3-7954-2141-0 .
  • M. Samadelli, Research Institute for Mummies and the Iceman, Eurac Research (Ed.): Iceman photoscan. Pfeil, Munich 2009, ISBN 978-3-89937-098-0 .
  • F. Rollo, M. Ubaldi, L. Ermini, I. Marota: Ötzi's last meals: DNA analysis of the intestinal content of the Neolithic glacier mummy from the Alps. In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences . Vol. 99, number 20, October 2002, pp. 12594-12599, doi: 10.1073 / pnas.192184599 , PMID 12244211 , PMC 130505 (free full text).
  • Silvia Renhart: The Ice Man and His World. Athesia Touristik, Bozen 2000, ISBN 88-87272-08-5 ( online )
  • Albert Zink: Ötzi. 100 pages (= Reclam 100 pages, vol. 20419) . Philipp Reclam Jun., Stuttgart 2016, ISBN 978-3-15-020419-1 .

Artistic arrangements


  • Gabriele Beyerlein: Gabriele Beyerlein tells about the glacier man . Pictures by Tilman Michalski. Oetinger, Hamburg 1993, ISBN 3-7891-7510-2 .
  • Erich Ballinger: The Glacier Man. A stone age thriller . Ueberreuter, Vienna 2003, ISBN 3-8000-2075-0 .
  • Adam Jankowski: Ötz - The Fall of the Similaun Glacier . Pro-Market, Wroclaw 2011, ISBN 978-83-932549-0-3 .
  • Andreas Venzke: Ötzi. The chase in the Stone Age. A mystery thriller . Auditorium Maximum / Audiobook Publishing of the Scientific Book Society, Darmstadt 2013 (CD in Digipak, 70 minutes running time), ISBN 978-3-654-60392-6 .
  • Lenz Koppelstätter: The dead man on the glacier. A case for Commissario Grauner . Kiepenheuer & Witsch, Cologne 2015, ISBN 978-3-462-04728-8 .

radio play

  • Bodo Hell (direction, voice), Martin Leitner (sound design); Tisenjoch. Or: Die Tödin and the Shepherd, 2016. First broadcast: ORF Radio Ö1, radio play gallery , December 17, 2016, 2 p.m. (60 min.) - 7 days freely audible.

Feature films


  • Gerd “Pirg” Pircher: Ötzl, the ice man . Printing and publishing house Thaur 2000. ISBN 3-85400-108-8
  • Gerd “Pirg” Pircher: Ötzl and the missing village . Printing and publishing house Thaur 2010. Without ISBN

Documentation / media

  • Tillmann Scholl: Ötzi - The Ice Man. MIRROR TV. Documentation about the research on the Eismann, 95 minutes, DVD (German, Italian)
  • Extensive bibliography , University of Innsbruck

Web links

Wiktionary: Ötzi  - explanations of meanings, word origins, synonyms, translations
Commons : Ötzi  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Child-friendly links

Individual evidence

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  3. a b Lorelies Ortner: From the glacier corpse to our ancestor Ötzi. About naming practice in the press . In: Deutsche Sprache 2/1993, pp. 97–127.
  4. Note. In the date format 19.9.1991 a number palindrome . - Mentioned in Ö1, ORF radio program, on December 16, 2016, 7:58 a.m. in the commentary on a radio play.
  5. South Tyrolean Office for Ground Monuments: The Discovery ( Memento from March 13, 2016 in the Internet Archive ) Ötzi site: Photo of the excavations a year later with discoveries of further pieces of equipment. The mummy was found on the left on the white boulder, which can be seen a little above the rock with the upper longitudinal channel abraded by the glacier here on the lower right edge of the picture. The head was pointing north in the direction of the Ötztal.
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  7. South Tyrol Museum of Archeology: Ötzi - the Ice Man: The Border Question ( Memento from January 8, 2012 in the Internet Archive ) - website
  8. Article 3 of the contract between the Republic of Austria and the Italian Republic of January 17, 1994 on the maintenance of the boundary signs and the surveying and marking of the common national border
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  114. oe1.orf.at > 7 days> SAT December 17, 2016. Can be heard freely until December 24, 2016. (Can be listened to for Ö1 Club members until December 31, 2016.)
  115. Preliminary discussion, making of, background: Jakob Fessler: Leporello: The broadcast from the ice. Ötzi as a radio play star. December 16, 2016, 7.52 a.m. (8 min.) - 7 days freely audible .
  116. Radio play gallery: Tisenjoch, ascent to the place of discovery. An acoustic recap in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound, not downloadable. - Program entry.

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