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Was the Iceman really a herdsman? The development of a prehistoric pastoral economy in the Schnals Valley

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  06 April 2016

Andreas Putzer
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Independent researcher, Museumstrasse 43, 39100 Bozen, Italy (Email: andreas.putzer@iceman.it)
Daniela Festi
Affiliation:
Institute of Botany, University of Innsbruck, Sternwartestrasse 15, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria
Klaus Oeggl
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Institute of Botany, University of Innsbruck, Sternwartestrasse 15, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria
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Abstract

The discovery of the Iceman in 1991 led to considerable speculation about the reason for his presence at such a remote location in the high Alps. One theory suggested that he was engaged in transhumant pastoralism when he met his death. Recent archaeological and palynological studies, however, have found no evidence of pastoral activities in this region during the Chalcolithic period. Regular exploitation of this upland landscape appears to have begun no earlier than the Middle Bronze Age. The theory that the Iceman was a high-altitude herdsman therefore appears to be untenable.

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