Twenty years ago a couple of honeymooners hiking in the Alps along the Italian-Austrian border discovered a body frozen in ice. At first they thought it was the corpse of a mountain climber who had fallen to his death and disappeared, a fairly regular occurrence (and one reason I don't plan to go mountain climbing any time soon). Retrieval crews soon noticed that the man was wearing a fur coat -- wait a minute! Turns out Ötzi, as he is now known, died more than 5000 years ago.
Ötzi is the centerpiece of the South Tyrol Archaeology Museum in Bolzano, Italy, a world-class museum -- worth a detour if you're traveling anywhere through northern Italy. As part of the 20th anniversary celebration the museum has given a make over to the life-like model of Ötzi featured in the exhibit. To me, the new Ötzi looks a lot more realistic, and very reminiscent of some of the farmers I've come across in out of the way corners of the Alps. Check out Ötzi's new look.
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