Wednesday, January 30, 2019

The Iceman don't speak much

The icemen don't speak much, be they Finnish Formula 1 drivers or ancient frozen dead guys from the alps.

Janne and I were on a trip to Madonna di Campiglio this year, to ski, but when he realized that the Ötzi museum is a two-hour drive away, we simply could not skip that museum. I had been reading about Ötzi for a long time, and he had just had a school lesson on the topic, so it was very interesting to see the actual frozen body... and all the belongings. I was really surprised by the amount of tech that he had carried, tools, clothing, even medicines.

It was also funny to see that precautions in the museum for ensuring that Ötzi stays frozen. If the building burns, the fire brigade has a procedure to take the mummy out and to the local hospital, that has an ice room ready. I wonder if there's a a do-not-resuscitate plan at the hospital for Ötzi :-)

Photos and text (c) 2019 by Jari Arkko. All rights reserved.

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