- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson; First U.S. Edition edition (24 Jan. 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0297814109
- ISBN-13: 978-0297814108
- Package Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.7 x 3.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,019,317 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Man in the Ice: The Preserved Body of a Neolithic Man Reveals the Secrets of the Stone Age Paperback – 24 Jan 1994
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The amazing story of the discovery of a 5000-year-old body found perfectly preserved in the Alps - written by the leader of the investigation --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Dr Konrad Spindler was born Leipzig in 1939. He studied medicine, anthropology and archaeology, as well as prehistory and early history. He was head of excavation at 'Magdalenenberg' in Villingen in the Black Forest, and from 1977 to 1988 was Professor and Lecturer at the University of Erlangen-Nurnberg. Since 1988 he has occupied the Chair of prehistory and early history at Innsbruck University, and is serving as head of the department of medieval and modern archaeology. Konrad Spindler is the author of numerous books on archaeology. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
the condition of the book was excellant
We get off to an exciting start with the discovery of the body. At this point, it seems Spindler is going to adopt the style of a "police procedural", but he gets bogged too down in detail. The reader tends to tire of the blow-by-blow account of events. There is neither sufficient dramatic tension nor moving human drama. Spindler is writing soon after events (the book was published in German in 1993) and too much of his energy is directed at countering criticism of the various (entirely understandable) blunders that occurred during the recovery of the body. This distracts from the otherwise gripping subject matter.
The site was at in a position which meant only experienced mountaineers could easily reach it; these mountaineers didn't have the knowledge to recognise the exceptional nature of the objects found with the body, and damaged them; previously the oldest bodies to come out of the ice had been about 400 years old, and these had been reduced to smithereens, so naturally the mountaineers assumed this well-preserved body must be quite recent; bad weather made bringing in experts in helicopters almost impossible; the site was repeatedly covered by fresh snow falls, making investigation tricky.Read more ›
The book lays before us in a number of sections the results of the analysis of Otzi and his possessions, so that Spindler is able to tell us, amongst other things, where Otzi had lived, what his occupation was, what ailments he had been treated for, what his artefacts and clothing were made from and where the raw materials that they were made from had probably been sourced, what they were used for, whether he had made them himself or somebody else had, what his last meal had been and how he died. I found all of this enthralling and fascinating.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An interesting book about life in Europes late stone age, lots of information too, and one for the Bushcraft / Survivalists as it contains a wealth of information about a time when... Read morePublished 15 months ago by mark masterson
Have followed the story of Otzi from his discover. Fantastic book. Excellent seller, item just as described and would use again. Thank youPublished on 9 May 2015 by M
Good starter for original investigation and general observations of the body-first few chapters a bit waffly before getting specific with the subject. Read morePublished on 3 Nov. 2014 by Mr. M. J. Currie
The author told me everything that I wanted to know. But I skipped lots of the book where I found the level of detail to be tedious. Yet, better that way than the reverse!Published on 17 May 2014 by D P Woods
Early chapters were excellent. Once we got into deciding whether Otzi was Austrian or Italian I got bored. For me, a personal interest occurred. Read morePublished on 28 April 2014 by John Alexander
From the botched police investigation of a dead body on a glacier, to the wrong, wrong, and wrong again speculations of the glory bagging and in-fighting academics of austria, this... Read morePublished on 10 April 2009 by James-philip Harries
In 1991, a body was discovered partially hidden in meltwater from an Austrian glacier. Initially thought to be a recent murder or accident victim, Konrad Spindler had the entirely... Read morePublished on 15 Mar. 2007 by S. Bailey