Remember Otzie? He was the prehistoric hunter whose mummified remains were found on the Austria-Italy border in 1991.
He died in the Alps during the Copper Age 5,300 years ago, but his body wasn’t found until glaciers receded enough for modern hikers to bump into him.
I’ve wondered why, with all these glaciers melting, we haven’t stumbled into more remains of distant ancestors who just happened to get caught out in a long, cold storm. Well, it turns out we have been finding other “Bodies from the Ice,” and James M. Deems has written a book about it:
Deems goes on to describe other human remains revealed by the withdrawal of glaciers, including the “Ice Maidens” and the “The Prince of El Plomo,” children chosen for sacrifice by the Incas over 500 years ago in the Andes Mountains, the mummy named Kwaday Dan Ts’inchi by the local Indians, found in British Columbia and thought to have been encased in the glacier for hundreds of years, and the preserved body of Mt. Everest climber George Mallory, presumably killed and buried in ice after a fall in 1924.
The author ties all of these fascinating finds together with the one thing all of these disparate humans came to have in common--the fact that their remains have been revealed by the retreat of Earth’s great glaciers.
Before the thaw. So bodies are turning up intact more often than we’d heard in the news. Of course, these discoveries can’t happen unless, in a warmer period like this, someone goes out and looks before the relics spoil.