In 1991, a couple of German hikers along the border between Austria chanced upon what has since become one of the most famous corpses in the scientific world. Since the mummy was discovered in Italy's Otztal Alp region, he was given the nickname "Oetzi."
Because the body was covered in ice, it was relatively well-preserved, allowing scientists to examine Oetzi's body tissue - and even study the meat, grain and fruit that he he ate during what would be his last meal.
Whoever he was, Oetzi died a violent death. A flint arrowhead had penetrated his skin and researchers say that the arrow cut a major blood vessel in the man's left arm. That led to heavy bleeding and possibly paralysis of the arm. The body also showed evidence of a deep hand wound as well as several abrasions and bruises.
A closer look at the fatal wound. Likely making things =worse, the arrow had been pulled out before Oetzi's death.
This September will mark 20 years since Oetzi's discovery. Throughout the year, the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology in Bolzano, Italy will be running a special exhibition about its glacier mummy.
When he was discovered in 1991, Oetzi was a faceless corpse. Dutch artists Adrie Kennis (L) and Alfons Kennis used three-dimensional images of the mummy's skeleton as well as the latest forensic technology to reconstruct what Oetzi likely looked like.
Close-up of Oetzi's 5,000 year-old remains.
Working with 3D images of the mummy, a couple of Dutch artists, Alfons and Adrie Kennis, worked out what Oetzi likely looked like.
The mummy of an iceman named Otzi, discovered on 1991 in the Italian Schnal Valley glacier, is on display at the Archeological Museum of Bolzano on February 28, 2011 during an official presentation of the reconstruction.
When he was found, Oetzi was carrying a bow, a quiver of arrows and a copper ax, leading to speculation that he was a hunter or warrior. He was slightly over 5 foot, 2 inches tall and around 46 years old. He also found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time.
For the last couple of decades, archeologists have studied Oetzi to gain a more detailed perspective on the lives of prehistoric people in Europe.