The Chalcolithic Mummy

Marco Samadelli

The Chalcolithic Mummy

In Search of Immortality. Volume 3

Schriften des Südtiroler Archäologiemuseums, Bd. 4

English, with abstracts in Italian and German, soft cover, approx. 176 p., 21 x 27 cm

ISBN 978-3-85256-337-4

€ (D/A) 28,00 / € (I) 26,50


The conservation of the world famous glacier mummy: a tightrope walk between preservation requirements and museum presentation.

This book describes the complex method of preservation that has allowed the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology in Bolzano to put the Iceman on display since 1998. Ice kept the body intact for 5,300 years. After that it was up to technology to find a way to perform this critical task. Researchers not only had to create an environment that imitated natural conditions as closely as possible, but at the same time also had to fulfil the mummy’s strong communicative potential, thereby guaranteeing that it could be put on museum display without neglecting fundamental aspects such as the safety and reliability of the preservation system. After decades of tests, constant improvements and thorough physical and biochemical studies, the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology’s preservation technique has achieved unique results, unparalleled in the world.