Sunday, 2 November 2003
Work on Ítzi the Iceman has apparently proceeded at a fair pace. Scientists at the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology announced this week that they have narrowed the copper-age man's home territory to a 60-kilometer (37 mile) radius in what is now southern Austria and northern Italy. By examining the minerals deposited in Ítzi's teeth and bones and comparing that data with samples collected throughout Europe, they could determine with impressive precision where the man lived during childhood and adulthood. See press clippings: BBC and National Geographic. This National Geographic article addresses the speculation (which looks increasingly like fact, as more work is done) that Ítzi died in battle.