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Ancient ‘Iceman’ killed by arrow, scientists say

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BOLZANO, Italy — 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 a decade ago in the Alps: He was shot by an arrow.

Paul Gostner, a radiologist who is part of the team that 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.

The museum was built to house him and the array of weapons and tools found along with him, including a copper ax, bow and flint-stone tipped arrows.


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