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The Iceman and Ötzi, Italy 2001 and Germany 2011



The discovery of a frozen body in the ice in 1991 led to a prolonged legal dispute over who discovered this neolithic iceman first. The tenth anniversary of finding l\u27uomo venuto dal ghiaccio was commemorated with an Italian postage stamp issued in Bolzano, the iceman\u27s new resting place at the Museo Archeologico dell\u27Alto Adige. By 2010, the court case over who discovered Ötzi was finally settled in favor of a couple from Nuremberg. The twentieth anniversary of Entdeckung des Ötzi aus der Bronzezeit featured a commemorative German postmark with its own First Day Cover in Nuremberg. These conflicting images of Ötzi illustrate the limits of what can be known about the past and the difficulty of selecting a particular person to represent the universal category of humanity.

Topics: Cultural History, European History, Geography, History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine, Nature and Society Relations, Social History, Sports Studies
Publisher: Digital WPI
Year: 2011
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