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Otzi The Iceman discovery site location map
On Thursday, September 19, 1991, at about 1.30 p.m. on a sunny afternoon Erika and Helmut Simon, from Nuremberg in Germany, were enjoying a vacation walking through icy and rock-strewn terrain high up on a mountain overlooking the Ötz valley in the Alpine borderlands between Austria and Italy.
On their descent from a peak near Tisenjoch they strayed a little from the recommended route in the hope of finding a short cut and, as they traversed an elevated plateau near a retreating mountain glacier at some 3210 meters above sea level, they passed a gully filled with thawing ice and melt-water within which they noticed something unusual. Further investigation showed this object to be an actual human corpse.
These remains, originally thought to be those of a mountaineer or hill-walker who had died on the mountain in comparatively recent times, ultimately became famous as belonging to Otzi or Oetzi - "The Iceman" - who died some 5,300 years ago!!!
The map already shown might not do full justice to the circumstances of the Oetzi discovery as the find spot, marked in red and in German as Fundstelle, is quite high in the mountains.
Oetzi Findspot picture © South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology / Photo by Marco Samadelli.
An Otzi memorial has been erected quote close to the actual map location of the discovery find spot
The monument bears a plaque which reads:-
Otzi before his recovery from the ice in 1991
The actual find spot of the discovery is a high mountain glacial gully. Which is not as bad as it might seem - it probably helped to
protect Otzi from the weight of shifting glacial ice over those five millenia until he was discovered. Glaciers actually "flow" downhill
and, but for the walls of this gully, Otzi's remains would have flowed with this particular glacier.
This page was about the map location the discovery. Much more detail about Otzi the Iceman is available on another of our pages:-
Otzi / Oetzi - The Iceman of the Alps - pictures images
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