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NARRATOR: This program is funded in part by Northwestern Mutual Life, which has been protecting families and businesses for generations. NARRATOR: More than 5,000 years ago a man set out on a journey into the Alps.
MARKUS PIRPAMER: You could see immediately that this was no ordinary glacial mummy.
NARRATOR: The body was rushed to the University of Innsbruck in Austria.
Still, after years of work by an international team of scientists, a portrait of this mysterious time-traveler is finally emerging.
Based on his tools and clothing, it appears he was a hunter or was a wealthy man or ruler who got too far from his home town and was chased down by an enemy.
Suspecting a hiking accident, they alerted the owner of a nearby lodge. NARRATOR: A forensic team did not reach the site until days later.
Ill-equipped to dig a body out of the ice, they used a ski-pole and an ice-axe borrowed from passing hikers.
Using a multi-slice CT Scan, Swiss researchers revealed an arrowhead deep inside his left shoulder yet there were no remains of the arrow shaft.
Ötzi was apparently attacked by his enemy with a bow and arrow.