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Where was the Iceman's home, and what was he doing at the high mountain pass where he died?

Painstaking research--especially of plant remains found with the body--contradicts many of the initial speculations On a clear day in September 1991 a couple hiking along a high ridge in the Alps came upon a corpse melting out of the ice.

Spindler and other scientists deduced that his body and belongings had been preserved in the ice until a fall of dust from the Sahara and an unusually warm spell combined to melt the ice, exposing the mans head, back and shoulders.Another two days later (on 23 September 1991) the body was recovered from the ice by Rainer Henn from the Institute of Forensic Medicine at the University of Innsbruck, and was flown to his institute by helicopter.Next day, when Konrad Spindler from the Institute of Pre-and Protohistory of the University of Innsbruck saw the unusual pieces of equipment found together with the body (in particluar an ax with a bronze-like blade), he estimated a very old age (~4000 years) of the find.When they returned to the mountain hut where they were staying, they alerted the authorities, who assumed the body was one of the missing climbers lost every year in the crevasses that crisscross the glaciers of the region.But after the remains were delivered to nearby Innsbruck, Austria, Konrad Spindler, an archaeologist from the university there, ascertained that the corpse was prehistoric.A scientific team was assembled and, over a three-day period, the remains were extracted and taken to the Institute of Forensic Medicine in Innsbruck. Otzi was found lying face down with outstretched arms in a protected rock depression near the Finail Peak watershed at the top of the Tisenjoch pass which connects two forested valleys.

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