Otzi the Iceman has revolutionised the way we view ancient Europe at the end of the Neolithic age. His discovery in the Italian Alps twenty years ago was one of the most sensational archaeological discoveries of all time. This short book by Otzi expert Angelika Fleckinger helps explain who he might be, and what type of world he lived in.
The book charts Otzi's discovery in 1991, the media sensation that followed, and the attempts by scientists to reconstruct his appearance and equipment. The book is lavishly illustrated with photographs and simple reconstructions, as Fleckinger attempts to reconstruct Otzi's life, piece by piece. She first looks at the site of Otzi's body, then goes on to cover his bodily remains - including DNA tests, analysis of tissue and hair, his tattoos, and how his body became mummified. The latter half of the book looks at Otzi's equipment, and how it was used - from his flint knive, his bows, backpack, hat, clothes etc. It also attempts to reconstruct his role in the wider society of late Neolithic/early Copper Age Alps. The book finishes with a look at the Otzi museum, and his place in the popular imagination - from winebottles and mousemats, to musicals and tours.
This book, at 120 pages, is by no means an in-depth look at Otzi. If anything it's more of your typical Museum handbook rather a scholarly work. The writing is simple and easy to understand, while the photographs are interesting and well chosen. A nice intro on the subject of the Iceman.