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On 19 September 1991 two German tourists found by chance a mummified corpse in the ice of the Similaun glacier at the Hauslabjoch mountain. "Ötzi", the iceman, was found at an altitude of 3,200m and is the most ancient finding of a European hunter.
By means of radiocarbon dating it was proven that the finding dates to the chalcolithic period of the southern Alpine region. Some 5000 years ago the man left the Vintschgau area in the Italian Tirol for the mountains. Pollen analysis showed that the back of the Ötztal valley was already typical pastureland some 6000 years ago.