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Ötzi, the Iceman !
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Half-timbered houses in China
Odessa's beautiful Opera House
A winterday in Madrid
Caipirinha for 1 Dollar
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Monuments and Celebrities:
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Richelieu far away from home
Famous movie stair
Rio's most scenic bridge
Däniken's runway of extraterrestrials
Snow at aquator
China's most scenic river
At 4900 m
2500 m x 16 km gorge
In the Street:
Sunday market in Xishuangbanna
Tango in the street
Looking for fools in Kiev
Shirinovski on stage
Three hours' break on our way from Füssen to San Remo in the beautiful
capital of South Tyrol.
I have always loved Bolzano, a nice old city (municipal rights since the
12th century), lots of tasty fruit, rich grapes in the late summer
and always a stunning view on the mountains.
But since 1998 there has been a new attraction midst the town centre of Bolzano:
Ötzi is back home !
After seven years of investigations in Innsbruck, the 5300-year-old glacier mummy
is shown in a very good exhibition in the Archaelogical Museum of South Tyrol.
Obviously the researchers had been very impressed about the usefulness of his equipment.
More about Ötzi:
On September 19th, 1991, a married couple from Nuremberg, Mr and Mrs Simon,
made on their descent from the Finail Peak in the Ötztal Alps nearby the Tisenjoch,
at a height of approximately 3200 m, an eerie discovery. A dead body, partly frozen into
the ice, which apparently had been lying there for long times.
5 days later the corpse was for the first time presented to a prehistorian who straight
away reckoned its age to be at least 4000 years old. A sensation made possible by the
ice which had preserved the dead and his equipment and had avoided his corpse to be
eaten by animals.
Ötzi, hero of the Times magazine´s front cover, was discovered exactly in the
right moment. After the unusual winter poor in snow, in 1991, and the hot summer
he got unblocked from the ice again.
Straight after his death 5300 years ago, calculated with the C-14 method,
it must have started to snow. In midsummer 1992 two metres of snow were again
covering the same spot. When after the First World War the Italians had gained
the Brenner border and the Italian-Austrian border had been redefined by means
of the water-shed, the area was lying beneath a 20 m sheet of ice and snow.
So in October 1991 the border had been measured anew and it was discovered
that he was situated at only 92 meters from Austria on Italian ground.
Ötzi´s mortal remains had then been investigated in Innsbruck for many years,
whereas most of his utensils were preserved and restored in the Roman-Germanic Central
Museum of Mainz. I think it is fascinating which details about his life were claimed
to be found by the researchers. Obviously they had been very impressed about the
usefulness of his equipment. Due to some pollen within his intestines they believe
to know that he must have been in the valley of Vinschgau 12 hours before his death.
I wouldn´t be surprised if they achieved to investigate the precise time of the last
argument he had had with his wife.
Different theories existed only concerning his death; until finally a doctor during
a routine examination in the Bolzano Regional Hospital in June 2001 found the
spearhead in his back. How embarrassing, having identified the most curious
traces of pollen in his intestines, but having failed for years to detect the murder
instrument. As a result the director of the Innsbruck investigations, the reknown
professor of archaeology, made quickly his way to Ethiopia in order to dig for
the bones of Lucy´s sisters.