The Japan Times
July 26, 2001

Arrow killed Iceman: scientists

BOLZANO, Italy (AP) Scientists said Wednesday they have solved the 5,300-year-old mystery of what killed the Iceman, a Bronze Age hunter whose frozen body was discovered in 1991 in the Alps: He was shot by an arrow.

Radiologist Paul Gostner, a radiologist who is part of the team which has been studying the Iceman, said the arrowhead was found under his left shoulder.

Gostner said the path the arrow followed as it ripped through his body can be traced on the bones, the ANSA news agency reported. It appears the Iceman could have lived only a few hours after he was wounded.

The mummy was discovered by two German mountaineers in a glacier in the Tyrollean Alps on the Italian-Austrian border in 1991. His superbly preserved corpse is kept in a refrigerated viewing chamber at the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology in Bolzano in northern Italy.