Examining closely, they found a human body which they thought might be the victim of a past mountaineering accident. Technological advances over the past twenty-five years have answered some questions surrounding Otzi's life and death and surely the next twenty-five will answer more.The hikers reported it to Austrian police who attended the following day and quickly realized they were dealing with an ancient archeological site. This, so far, is what science knows about the Iceman.Italy gained legal possession of the body and artifacts, however in the interests of science and history, everything was kept at Innsbruck until a proper, climate-controlled facility was built at the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology in Bolzano, Italy, where Otzi the Iceman now rests. For millennia, this area was covered by glaciers which, by the end of the twentieth century, had receded.
Only after archaeologists had a chance to examine Otzi, so-named for the mountain range where he was discovered, did the stunning truth of his age come to light.In 1991, a group of hikers exploring the Ötztal Alps on the Austrian-Italian border came across the mummified corpse of a person half-entombed in ice.Because the find was at an elevation of 10,530 feet, the group initially suspected that the remains belonged to a lost mountaineer.", the estimated 45-year-old man and his possessions were incredibly well preserved.His skin, hair, bones, and organs were cryopreserved in time, allowing archeological researchers a phenomenal insight into human life in the Copper Age.