Archaeological fieldwork throughout Leicestershire

Ötzi the Iceman

November 3, 2019

Leicestershire Fieldworkers, Leicestershire Archaeological and Historical Society and the Prehistoric Society


Ötzi – the life, death and environment of a Prehistoric glacier mummy

A talk by Professor Klaus Oeggl

Botanical Institute, University of Innsbruck

Thursday 21st November 2019, 7.30pm

Free, BOOKING ESSENTIAL. Tickets available from

Lecture Theatre 1, George Davies Centre, University of Leicester, LE1 7LW

In 1991 walkers found a frozen body in the Ötztal Alps on the Italian/Austrian border. What appeared immediately to be a recent tragic accident soon became a sensation as it became clear that the body was that of a 5,000-year-old fully dressed and equipped man – made more dramatic by the discovery that he had been shot by an arrow. He was quickly dubbed ‘Ötzi’ after his findspot. Analysis of Ötzi’s remains has offered an unprecedented view of life in Europe 5,000 years ago. Professor Klaus Oeggl, a palaeobotonist, has extensively studied Ötzi’s life-circumstances and environment and will talk about issues such as Ötzi´s origin, his last meals and his last journey as well as the impact of archaeobotanical studies on the view of Ötzi´s social context.

The talk is organised in partnership with the Leicestershire Archaeological and Historical Society and the Prehistoric Society.