FROZEN MAN by David Getz


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The ""Iceman"" was found in 1991 in the Ötztal Alps on the border between Austria and Italy. When two mountain climbers came upon the body, they suspected that it was a dead -- perhaps murdered -- mountaineer. They contacted the authorities, who nearly destroyed the body removing it from the ice. Luckily, more informed people arrived and realized that this was no ordinary accident victim. They suspected the body was extremely old. Little did they dream that the Iceman was actually over 5,000 years old -- the oldest, best-preserved human body ever discovered. Through studying the body, scientists have learned much about the late Stone Age. Not only was the Iceman himself recovered, but also his tools, clothing, food, and gear. A find like this is a bonanza for archaeologists. Because of the circumstances of the Iceman's death -- the time of year, the protected location, etc. -- scientists now have a record of how our ancestors used to hunt, dress, prevent disease, and more. Getz (Almost Famous, 1992, etc.) explains the incredible story of the Iceman clearly and concisely, simply enough for a child to understand but in enough depth to satisfy a curious lay adult.

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1994
ISBN: 0805046453
Page count: 68pp
Publisher: Holt