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Italy gets its iceman back

Iceman March 27, 1998
Web posted at: 10:07 p.m. EST (0307 GMT)

From Correspondent Gayle Young

ROME (CNN) -- The iceman cometh...home.

After a six-year custody battle, the well-preserved remains of a prehistoric hunter are going back to Italy where they were found.

The hunter's body, mummified in ice, was discovered in the Alps in 1991 by tourists. With him were weapons, leather clothing and a basket.

Austrian officials took the hunter, the oldest, best preserved body yet found, to Innsbruck, Austria, for study.

Scientists concluded that the 5-foot-5-inch hunter was about 45 years old when he died, probably from cold and exhaustion.

CNN's Gayle Young reports
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The Austrians were intent on keeping the body until surveyors discovered that the site where the body was found is 36 feet (11 meters) inside the Italian border.

Museum curators in the northern Italian city of Bolzano have created a special refrigerated showcase for the iceman that will keep him in the same frozen state that preserved his body for an estimated 5,300 years.


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