Thursday, July 19, 2012

AlphabeThursday - I is for Iceman

On our second week in Italy, we went to Bolzano for two days. The city is in northeastern Italy, very close to the Italian-Austrian border. It's very different from the rest of Italy: people's attitudes, the food, even the language! All the signs and even menus in Bolzano are written in two languages: Italian and German. That's probably because most of the residents are originally from Austria or Germany. Since it was a holiday weekend, a lot of businesses were closed. But luckily on Sunday the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology was open and we went to see Otzi, the Ice Man.

my iceman spread, midway
 Otzi was found in 1991 by two German tourists on the east ridge of the Otztal Alps, while they were walking off the path between two mountain passes.  People first thought he was a mountain climber, but after analyzing tissue samples from the corpse and his belongings, scientists realized he had lived between 3350 and 3100 BC.  Making him alive some 5,000 years ago!



I must have forgotten about Otzi, because he was in all the news. There are specials on television about him; one is called "Iceman Murder Mystery" on PBS's Nova. If you belong to Netflix, you can still watch it!


“The Iceman had already been buried in the glacier for 600 years when the Egyptian pharaoh Cheops ordered the construction of the pyramid that bears his name.  Stonehenge in England would not be built for several hundred years after his death.”

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14 comments:

Jackie/Jake said...

Very cool LOL!!! Thanks for the tour!

Nancy said...

That sounds like such a cool little town! I remember the stuff about the iceman. How neat that you got to see the exhibit!

Claudia Willison said...

This is cool! Being here in the US and being reminded of Oetzi the Iceman - fyi, I am German ;) Nice article. I hope you enjoyed your time in Italy, I love the Tessin/Ticino (= north western part of Italy)

Rose said...

How fascinating! Thanks for sharing Iceman's story with us.

Sarah~Magnolia Surprise said...

Interesting about the iceman -- and wonderful that you could see him! How awesome.

Wanda said...

I'm not much of a documentary person so this is the first I've heard of Otzi. It's amazing what scientists can figure out today. I heard this morning that they are exhuming the grave of a woman who is believed to be the model for Da Vinci's Mona Lisa. It will be interesting to see what they come with for her.

Erika said...

I must be hungry because I thought I was going to read about ice cream!

Neat post.

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

Wow! It's amazing how long a body can be preserved! I bet it was fun to learn about in person!

Pondside said...

Bolzano is such a pretty place, and was once a regular stop of ours. Thanks for the memories!

anitamombanita said...

Interesting. My hubs would love this...I looked it up on netflix...says it's not currently available, but they do have the Discovery Channel version...thanks for sharing!

anitamombanita said...

Interesting. My hubs would love this...I looked it up on netflix...says it's not currently available, but they do have the Discovery Channel version...thanks for sharing!

Cathy Kennedy said...

Wow now that's cool! This sorta thing is really amazing, isn't it? Great "I" essay for Alphabe-Thursday!

Cathy said...

For a moment I thought you were referring to the man who sells ice-cream. :)

Northern Italy has the best ice-cream ever...

Jenny said...

This was really an intriquing post for the letter 'I'.

I had forgotten about this discovery. I'm definitely going to order that video. This looks really fascinating!

Thanks for sharing this interesting link...I'm going to add it to my Q right now!

See you soon!


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