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Seller: ancientgifts (4,181) 99.3%, Location: Lummi Island, Washington, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 122092619134 TRANSLATE Arabic Chinese French German Greek Indonesian Italian Hindi Japanese Korean Swedish Portuguese Russian Spanish Your browser does not support JavaScript. To view this page, enable JavaScript if it is disabled or upgrade your browser. Click here to see 1,000 archaeology/ancient history books and 2,000 ancient artifacts, antique gemstones, antique jewelry! The Man in the Ice: The Discovery of a 5,000-Year-Old Body Reveals the Secrets of the Stone Age by Konrad Spindler. NOTE: We have 75,000 books in our library, almost 10,000 different titles. Odds are we have other copies of this same title in varying conditions, some less expensive, some better condition. We might also have different editions as well (some paperback, some hardcover, oftentimes international editions). If you don’t see what you want, please contact us and ask. We’re happy to send you a summary of the differing conditions and prices we may have for the same title. DESCRIPTION: Hardback with Dust Jacket: 305 pages. Publisher: Harmony Books; (1994). In 1991 the world was electrified by the chance discovery of the body of a man trapped in a glacier in the Otztaler Alps on the Austrian-Italian border. The corpse was almost perfectly preserved. Preliminary tests showed that this was the body of a Neolithic hunter who died some 5,300 years ago. Throughout the world humankind has awaited the results of further investigations with great excitement. 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 completely refutes the arguments that have challenged the authenticity of the find. “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 Stone Age. What can we learn, for example, about the area he inhabited from the charcoal in the container he carried. 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, etc. Finally, what was the “ice man” doing in such an inhospitable and dangerous alpine region, so far away from any human settlement; and how did he die? With authority and skill, Konrad Spindler guides us through the labyrinths and byways of forensic science. His account of this epochal investigation, a classic of scientific discovery, shows the fullest picture yet of Neolithic man, our ancestor. CONDITION: New hardcover w/dustjacket. Harmony Books (1994) 305 pages. Unblemished except VERY slight shelfwear to dustjacket. Pages are pristine; clean, crisp, unmarked, unmutilated, tightly bound, unambiguously unread. Condition is entirely consistent with a new book from an open-shelf bookstore environment such as Barnes & Noble. Satisfaction unconditionally guaranteed. In stock, ready to ship. No disappointments, no excuses. PROMPT SHIPPING! HEAVILY PADDED, DAMAGE-FREE PACKAGING! PLEASE SEE IMAGES BELOW FOR SAMPLE PAGES FROM INSIDE OF BOOK. PLEASE SEE PUBLISHER, PROFESSIONAL, AND READER REVIEWS BELOW. PUBLISHER REVIEW: REVIEW: Dr. Konrad Spindler was born on Leipzig, Germany in 1939. He is an expert in medicine, anthropology, and archaeology, as well as prehistory and early history. He was head of excavation at Magdalenenberg in Villigen in the Black Forest and from 1977 to 1988 was professor and lecturer at the University of Erlangen-Nurnberg. Since 1988 he has occupied the chair of prehistory and early history at Innsbruck University, and has served as head of the department of medieval and modern archaeology. He is the author of numerous books on archaeology. PROFESSIONAL REVIEWS: REVIEW: In 1991, a couple from Nuremberg, Germany, vacationing in the Austrian Alps made a sensational discovery. A mummified, well-preserved body, half emerged from a glacier, which turned out to be the corpse of a 5300-year-old Neolithic man, fully equipped with ax, flint dagger, bow and arrows, wooden stave and belt-pouch. Dubbed “the Iceman”, he had charcoal tattoos on his legs and feet and a traveling medicine kit-pieces of birch fungus known to contain a natural antibiotic substance highly active against deadly bacteria. His clothes-cap, leggings, fur poncho, loincloth, shoes, and grass cloak comprise the most ancient complete set of garments found in Europe. In an astonishing, exhaustively detailed report (with 32 color photos) which reads like a forensic mystery, Spindler, the Austrian archeologist who led the investigation, reconstructs efforts to identify this prehistoric hunter's native village, culture and cause of death. A surprising picture emerges of Neolithic folk medicine, farming, stockbreeding and culture. REVIEW: In September, 1991, a German couple hiking near the Austrian-Italian border stumbled on a mummified body at the edge of an alpine glacier. This book is the detailed, day-by-day account of the discovery, recovery, and investigation of that body, considered one of the most important scientific events of the century. The well-preserved Neolithic man was a hunter carrying tools, equipment, and clothes that have provided new insights into the nature of daily life in the Stone Age. One background chapter describes life in the Neolithic Age and another tells what is known about permafrost mummies. Many full-color photographs and a glossary of technical terms make the book a complete study on this fascinating subject. REVIEW: In 1991, the body of a man trapped in a glacier in the Otzaler Alps on the Austrian-Italian border was discovered; preliminary tests showed that it was the body of a Neolithic hunter who died some 5,300 years ago. Spindler, leader of an international team of scientists investigating the body, details its discovery and analysis for a general readership. REVIEW: The discovery in 1991 of a desiccated body in the Alps caused an international stir as science revealed to an astonished world that the body was 5000 years old. Spindler, an archaeologist involved in the investigation, tries to capture both the pathos of the lonely death of the man and the scientific excitement associated with such a rare find. Spindler first recounts day-by-day the human, scientific, and climatological events surrounding the discovery and subsequent investigation. Second, he describes in detail what science revealed. If lay readers can maintain their interest in the details, they could learn a lot about archaeology in action and about an unprecedented scientific find. REVIEW: The discovery of a prehistoric man in a glacier in 1991 captured headlines throughout the world. Subsequent investigations into the body itself and the extraordinary artifacts found close by heralded one of the most important archaeological events of our time. Combining scientific authority with masterful storytelling, Spindler creates a fascinating portrait of one of humankind's most ancient ancestors. 32 pages of full-color photos. REVIEW: The story of the amazing discovery of a man frozen in the Alpine ice, told by the leader of the international team of scientists who investigated the find. A classic of scientific discovery that reveals to us the fullest picture yet of Neolithic man, our ancestor. “The Man in the Ice” will remain the book to read about the Stone Age equivalent of King Tut. A fascinating book. REVIEW: This carefully documented scientific account reads like a mystery, is just as hard to put down. Spindler's knowledgeable and fascinating speculations about where the Iceman came from, what he was doing there, and how he died offer remarkable insights into the lives of the people who lived near the end of the Stone Age, and about ourselves as well. This is a must read! REVIEW: A fascinating glimpse into the very distant past. An astonishing account, it reads like a forensic mystery. READER REVIEWS: REVIEW: Konrad Spindler should know what he is talking about. After all, he was in charge of the high-profile, no expense spared, scientific investigation of the fantastically fortuitous find of "the Iceman," found beneath a receding glacier in the Austrian Alps in 1991. Imagine you are the author. An accomplished archaeologist, you are settling down to normal duties on an otherwise uneventful morning in a modest academic institution, you receive a call to view an "unusual corpse" found recently in the mountains, and then, after viewing a smorgasboard of 4,000 year old implements on a table in near pristine (for archaeologists) condition, and a full, well-preserved body of a long-dead ancient European, and saying coyly, in front of a few skeptical onlookers, "at least 4,000 years old, maybe older”. The media, quite rightly, hit the roof with excitement, as did the university administration, the police, journalists from all over the world, tourists and the like. And, just as amazing as any of the events that transpired, necessary equipment for your department was delivered promptly, security of site and items was attained promptly and without argument, funding for research was granted immediately, and well trained archaeologists, scientists and faithful historians embarked on a well-funded, well-orchestrated, (if not well prepared) investigation into the "man in the ice," and his secrets. The stuff science is made of. This is that story, faithfully told by that archeologist, Konrad Spindler. It is excitingly and humorously written, and thoughtfully analyzed. The iceman had (has!) many secrets to tell, there was indeed many items and implements that were recovered on his person, or nearby, from a time in European history (pre-Roman, pre-Greek, pre just about everybody), in which we had very little information at all. One item for example, a copper axe, is the only item of its kind from this time which survives to this day. And there are many other implements he was carrying, perhaps undertaking a long journey over the mountains? A fascinating and insightful story of modern science, adventure and archaeology at its best. Described as arguably the archaeological find of the century, a must read for the interested layperson and scientist alike. REVIEW: In 1991 the Alpine glacier ice had already given up five bodies before a sixth was discovered by passing hikers. The previous five had been in the ice from 10 to 57 years. The sixth had been held suspended in the very spot where he died, for 5,000 years. The excitement of this momentous discovery quickly degenerated into farce as nations began squabbling over jurisdiction. Was the man found in Italian or Austrian territory? Konrad Spindler, the first archaeologist to examine the body and intimately involved in its study ever since, reports this bureaucratic wrangling as scrupulously as he does every other detail of the find in this thorough and absorbing book. He begins at the beginning, with the hikers who spotted the emerging head and shoulders and goes on to mention every other person who arrived at the site, tourists as well as officials and recovery experts. Although this at first seems puzzlingly excessive, it's important. Recovery, made difficult by the weather and the reluctance of the glacier, was suspenseful, interrupted, and involved a certain amount of hacking and other disturbance. But the glacier preserved the iceman (and yes, Spindler explains exactly how) so perfectly that tourist photos and recollections of the scene are important to reconstructing his final hours. The picture that emerges is so clear and intriguing, it's amazing – it sounds like the prologue to a science fiction thriller. The iceman was clearly a mountaineer accustomed to spending prolonged periods far from home (his carefully sewn garments were crudely mended and his teeth were worn from a steady diet of dried meat). Spindler describes his clothing; from water-shedding grass cloak to leather loin cloth and grass-stuffed shoes; in every detail, from the first steps of construction through each sign of wear, explaining why pelts would be cut just so and how sinews are dried and frayed for superior thread. Among the man's possessions was a birch bark container that once held a live ember for the man's camp fire. Modern science could detect traces of previous embers, indicating, through the wood used, the various terrains the man had crossed. Also found were fire making supplies, a belt pouch containing tools, a dagger, a net Spindler speculates was used for snaring birds and, most interesting, an unfinished bow stave, and, in his arrow quiver, two broken arrows and a number of unbroken, unfinished arrows. From this last, and from the iceman's broken ribs, scientists deduce he had, no more than two months previous to his death, encountered a violent event which probably involved other humans and may have caused him to flee into the mountains at a dangerous time of year, exhaustion and bad weather contributing to his death. Spindler's final section (save for his disapproving comments on other, more sensational reactions to the find) concerns life in the Neolithic Age and where the iceman fit in. This includes a lot if interesting tidbits, such as the fact, determined from pollen research, that agricultural grazing began on the high slopes rather than the valleys. All in all, a fascinating book, if not scintillating with wit and adventurous suppositions. REVIEW: I was in college when Otzi was found, and I didn't have time to read up on the excavation, so this book was a welcome surprise for me one day when I was browsing the science section of my local bookstore. Sensitive, yet scholarly, Spindler recounts his experience in fascinating detail while preserving the unfortunate man's dignity. Although translated from the original German, Spindler's profound respect and professionalism show through, particularly in his description of the state of the body and of the controversy and rumors surrounding the genitalia. I found the whole book to be well-organized, divided into six sections describing the discovery, the equipment, the clothing, the body, background information on the region and Neolithic culture, and "public reactions to the find". All of his speculation about the Iceman's occupation, etc. seems to be soundly based on what we know about anthropology, the region's history, flora and fauna, technology of the time, and previous finds from similar cultures. I would absolutely recommend this book for anyone interested in learning about the Iceman. REVIEW: This is probably going to be the best book about Otzi the Iceman available, divided into six sections. It details every aspect of the find from a sometimes tedious day-by-day account of the process of excavation, to a close description of all items. The sections I found to be the most interesting were those describing Otzi’s wares, weapons, and clothing, in addition to a summary of life around the Alps in Neolithic times, as part of an attempt to understand the circumstances surrounding his life and death. Spinder understandably comments on the uglier aspects of the find, such as the fights for media attention and everyone trying to get a piece of the Iceman (figuratively and literally), and clearly separates this from the purely scientific analysis of the find. The book contains many color pictures of the excavation, artifacts, and body, including other illustrations as required. Also a glossary of technical terms to assist the reader. This book surely stands as being the prime treatment of the subject matter. I always ship books Media Mail in a padded mailer. This book is shipped FOR FREE via USPS INSURED media mail (“book rate”). All domestic shipments and most international shipments will include free USPS Delivery Confirmation (you might be able to update the status of your shipment on-line at the USPS Web Site and free insurance coverage). A small percentage of international shipments may require an additional fee for tracking and/or delivery confirmation. 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After my retirement however, I found myself drawn to archaeology as well. Aside from my own personal collection, I have made extensive and frequent additions of my own via purchases on Ebay (of course), as well as many purchases from both dealers and institutions throughout the world - but especially in the Near East and in Eastern Europe. I spend over half of my year out of the United States, and have spent much of my life either in India or Eastern Europe. In fact much of what we generate on Yahoo, Amazon and Ebay goes to support The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, as well as some other worthy institutions in Europe connected with Anthropology and Archaeology. I acquire some small but interesting collections overseas from time-to-time, and have as well some duplicate items within my own collection which I occasionally decide to part with. Though I have a collection of ancient coins numbering in the tens of thousands, my primary interest is in ancient jewelry. 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