Ötzi the Iceman on a sheet-covered autopsy table
PronunciationGerman pronunciation: [ˈœtsi] (About this soundlisten)
Bornc. 3345 BCE
near the present village of Feldthurns (Velturno), north of Bolzano, Italy
Diedc. 3300 BCE (aged about 45)
Ötztal Alps, near Hauslabjoch on the border between Austria and Italy
Other namesÖtzi the Iceman
Similaun Man
Man from Hauslabjoch
Hauslabjoch mummy
Frozen Man
Frozen Fritz[1][2]
Tyrolean Iceman
Similaun Man (Italian: Mummia del Similaun)
Known forOldest natural mummy of a Chalcolithic (Copper Age) European man
Height1.6 m (5 ft 3 in)
WebsiteSouth Tyrol Museum of Archaeology

Ötzi, also called the Iceman, is the natural mummy of a man who lived between 3400 and 3100 BCE. The mummy was found in September 1991 in the Ötztal Alps, hence the nickname "Ötzi", near Similaun mountain and Hauslabjoch on the border between Austria and Italy.

Ötzi is believed to have been murdered; an arrowhead has been found in his left shoulder, which would have caused a fatal wound. The nature of his life and the circumstances of his death are the subject of much investigation and speculation.

He is Europe's oldest known natural human mummy and has offered an unprecedented view of Chalcolithic (Copper Age) Europeans. His body and belongings are displayed in the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology in Bolzano, South Tyrol, Italy.