20th anniversary of Oetzi the Iceman discovery

Published on September 20th, 2011 | by Sevaan Franks

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Twenty years ago yesterday, a German couple hiking in the Italian Alps stumbled across the 5,000-year-old preserved body of Oetzi the Iceman.

On September 19, 1991, Helmut and Erika Simon from Nuremburg were hiking at an altitude of 3,210 meters (10,500 feet) in the Italy's South Tyrol alps, according to an account published online by the South Tyrol Museum of Archeology.

Toward the end of a hot summer, much of the ice and snow had melted. Protruding out of a icy patch, face down on exposed rock and embedded in a gully, they noticed what looked like the top half of a human corpse.

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