The Man in the Ice: The Preserved Body of A Neolithic Man Reveals the Secrets of the Stone Age - Konrad SpindlerWeidenfeld & Nicolson, 1994, Paperback.
Condition: Very Good. Upper wrapper slighty curled. Pages lightly age-tanned at the margins.
First in this, paperback, edition. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Black & White Drawings; Maps;
From the cover: “In 1991 the world was electrified by the chance discovery of an ‘Iceman’ trapped in a glacier in the Otztaler Alps on the Austrian-Italian border. The corpse was almost perfectly preserved: but could it really be prehistoric? Preliminary tests showed that indeed this was the body of a Neolithic hunter who died some 5300 years ago.
The results of further investigations have been awaited with great excitement throughout the world. In The Man in the Ice, Dr Konrad Spindler, the leader of an international team of scientists investigating the body, makes the results public for the first time — and totally refutes all the arguments which have challenged its authenticity.
The Man in the Ice, scientifically accurate and detailed, is also a mesmerizing detective story. The pieces of equipment found with the body, in an extraordinary state of preservation, provide fascinating clues to the nature of daily life in the late Stone Age. What, for example, can we learn about the area he inhabited from the charcoal in the container he carried? What about his unique clothing? How were his bow, arrows, dagger and axe made? Then there is the body itself, a treasure-trove of information: micro-organisms, parasites, hair, teeth, broken bones. Finally, what was the ‘Iceman’ doing in such an inhospitable and dangerous Alpine region, so far from any human settlement — and how did he die?
With authority and skill, Konrad Spindler guides us through the labyrinths and by-ways of forensic science. His account of this epoch-making investigation, a classic of scientific discovery, shows us the fullest picture yet of Neolithic man, our ancestor.”
Size: Trade Paperback (9¼" x 6"). 305 pages.