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South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology

Ötzi
the Iceman


Ötzi and his artefacts have been exhibited at the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology in Bolzano, Italy since 1998. Why is Ötzi so fascinating? We experience Ötzi almost like a time traveller.

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Information and tickets


Find out about the opening times, tickets, entry fees and guided tours.


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Special exhibitions


The museum houses also special exhibitions of various archaeological topics. These will regularly change.


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Research work


The Iceman provides a unique window on the past. Never before has such an ancient and well-preserved frozen Neolithic mummy been found. Since his discovery in 1991, the Iceman has provided new data from prehistoric times for countless research disciplines around the globe, both in the natural sciences and in the humanities.

This has made the Iceman a unique example of how interdisciplinary research achieves positive results.

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Ötzi’s death

Experts were and still are researching various details of Ötzi’s life. In 2001, X-rays revealed the cause of death: The Iceman died from an injury caused by an arrow in his left shoulder. The arrowhead hit a main artery, so that he probably bled to death. A severe head wound, which was also discovered, could have occurred when he fell.

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DNA analysis

The scientists were able to find out a good deal about Ötzi from DNA analysis. For instance, he had a predisposition to cardiovascular disease. He was also lactose intolerant and suffered from Lyme disease. Comparisons with DNA samples from around the world provide information about his ethnic group and migration movements.

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Reconstruction

The paleo artists Adrie and Alfons Kennis from the Netherlands have completed a life-like reconstruction of the Iceman on behalf of the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology. Thanks to forensic methods and fine craftsmanship, they were able to capture Ötzi’s facial features and reconstruct his body as realistically as possible.

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