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Perhaps the most remarkable discovery of the latter 20th century was that of the iceman His discovery changed the view of prehistoric life and gave reason for scientists to rethink the dates of Bronze Age It is not only remarkable that his body survived for over 5000 years but also that his tools and clothing were in such excellent shape Scientists now know many details about the man known as They know what region he was from what his diet consisted of how he died and many other details was discovered in a very well preserved state in the Alps on the border of Austria and Italy in the autonomous province of South Tyrol Due to warm weather the frozen body was exposed and discovered by two German tourists on September 19 1991 It was assumed that the body was that of a recently deceased hiker because the body was so well preserved The body was left for a few more days and was exhumed by Alpine Rescue workers who damaged it in the process While the body was defrosting it became apparent that he was not a modern hiker Grossruck Body After being examined measured x-rayed and dated it was discovered that he had died between 5100 and 5350 years ago at the age of 40 to 45 Spindler In July of 2001 the icemans death was officially solved after many hypotheses had been proposed for his cause of death At the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology in Bolzano Italy a sophisticated x-ray technique called computerized tomography revealed a small arrowhead lodged in the icemans left shoulder It is likely that he was killed in battle because of the numerous weapons in his possession The arrow did not hit any major organs so it is likely that he bled profusely and died in much pain Iceman Death Mystery Solved Previous thoughts were that he was a shepherd who took his flock
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