Trekking the Ötztal Alps in September of 1991, two hikers stumbled upon a gruesome discovery: the head and bare shoulders of a dead man sticking out of the ice. When rescue crews arrived, however, they began to realize that this was no ordinary corpse. Scientists soon discovered that this was a 5,300-year-old human. His body had been mummified in glacier ice—making him what's known as a "wet" mummy—which preserved important details about his life and death for modern humans to find.
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Written by Curiosity Staff October 5, 2016
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