Alps Mummy Likely Died in Climbing Fall

Man world's first mountaineering fatality

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Austrian Alps     Photo: jeffwilcox/flickr

Researchers at Austria's Innsbruck University think that Europe's oldest natural mummy probably died as the result of a climbing fall, not from an arrow wound as previously assumed. The 5,300-year-old mummy, known as Ötzi the Iceman, was excavated from a glacier in the Italian Ötztal Alps 20 years ago and was roughly 45 years old when he died. If the new theory holds, he would be the world's first known mountaineering fatality. 

Read more at the Austrian Times

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