‘No ceremonial burial for the Iceman’, respond Otzi researchers


The Heritage Key
In his article “The Iceman as a burial” appearing in “Antiquity” 84/2010, the archaeologist Alessandro Vanzetti of Rome’s La Sapienza University and his co‐authors reconstruct the position of the Iceman at his place of discovery on the Tisenjoch pass in South Tyrol, Italy. From this and based on his botanical investigations, he draws the conclusion that the Iceman did not die at the site of the incident: rather he died in the spring within his valley community and only later, in September, was brought up to the Tisenjoch and buried there.