5300 year-old man dies from A. fumigatus infection?


London Times
London Times 24 May 1995


In September 1991 the corpse of a man was found protruding from a glacier 3200 meters above sea level in the à–tzal Alps, Austria. The body was carefully removed and taken to the Department of Forensic Evidence at the University of Innsbruck, where it was identified as prehistoric and moved to the Department of Anatomy (click here for more details) for further examination.iceman in laminar flow cabinetThe body is now in the Archaeological Museum of Bolzano, Italy, kept under strictly controlled storage conditions which simulate the glacial conditions the body is thought to have lain in for over 5000 years.The corpse was dated at between 3350 and 3140 BC and thus lived in the Stone Age.Researchers named the Stone Age man à–tzi, but he was rapidly dubbed the iceman by the media.He is the oldest and best-preserved natural mummy ever found, so protected by the cold that researchers can determine how he lived, where he came from, what ailed him, what he ate for his last meal, and what ultimately must have killed him.For warmth during his journey over the Alps the body was well clothed with perfectly preserved hat, shoes and cloak, and he carried a fire-making kit. For food and protection he carried a bow and arrow and a flint-tipped dagger.The most remarkable tool he was found with was a copper axe - à–tzi lived 1000 years before it was previously thought copper tools of such sophistication were made.The contents of his intestines have revealed much about what he ate, initially thought to have been bread and berries but also now thought to also contain meat.