Otzi was found by Helmut Simon in the Ötztal alps, half buried in a glacier in 1991. There is a bizarre side story as to disputed claims over who actually found Ötzi: famed mountaineer Reinhold Messner, appeared as witness for a Slovinian Actress who claims to have found Ötzi first.
Ötzi, or “Frozen Fritz” as he is sometimes called, lived around 3300 BC and is Europe’s oldest natural human mummy. He represents an excellent example of the surprising technological prowess of copper age humans. Surrounded by his gear, the 5300 year old “Iceman” was much better equipped than most modern tourists are for their Alpine hikes he had a copper axe, a bow and arrow, a knife, snowshoes, some antibacterial mushrooms, and a what appears to have been a complex firestarting kit including “tinder fungus,” a mushroom that bursts into flame when struck with sparks.
Ötzi was also adorned with some 57 tattoos consisting of simple dots and lines. He may have also been involved in copper smelting, as high levels of copper were found in his hair.
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