Here are a few pictures of the town.
|The main square|
|The hills around the town|
|Also the main square|
The museum, which I believe was specifically built for him, is very new and very nice. In addition to Otzi himself, who is of course in a carefully climate controlled freezer, you can also see all of his equipment. They don't allow pictures of his clothing or equipment, but you can see some pictures of them on the museum's website. Needless to say, it was amazing. I would really like to see his coat in complete form. It had alternating light and dark stripes of goat hide, and must have been quite striking when it was complete. Most of his leather was apparently goat, which is not a shock given the area. His hat was pretty sweet, too. You should go check out the photos on that site. He had some impressive equipment, and obviously was experienced at traveling through the mountains.
One thing that shocks me, though, is his bow. It was unfinished, and was not in a usable state. Also, only two of his arrows had tips (stone) and fletching attached. I wonder why we would go into the mountains without a functional bow. Maybe if his bow had been functional, he wouldn't have been murdered. (For those of you who don't want to read links, Otzi has a stone arrow point imbedded in his back, had fresh cuts on his hands and other areas, and suffered a severe blow to the head.) The mysteries of archaeology.
In any case, it was worth the two and a half hour train trip each way to see him. I have been fascinated by him ever since he was found, and seeing him was one of my life goals. I am really glad I got to see him. Now I just need to get the Athens and see the Antikythera Mechanism...
The train trip up there was very scenic anyway, and was fun in it's own right. Here are a few pictures taken from the train. Sorry about the quality (or lack thereof); it's hard to take pictures through the window.
|Town from the train. Note the castle on the toe slope of the mountain at frame left|
|This is a view of the hills around Bolzano, and was not taken from the train|