We also present a comprehensive survey of (super 14) C dates available in the literature concerning both botanical remains from the vicinity of the Iceman and from the earliest salt mining in Hallstatt.
Materials that originally came from living things, such as wood and natural fibres, can be dated by measuring the amount of carbon-14 they contain.
The Iceman is much older than the Iron Age men from the Danish peat bogs and older even than the Egyptian royal mummies.
Almost as astounding was the presence of a complete set of clothes and a variety of gear.
In the ensuing excitement over the discovery, the press and researchers offered many speculations about the ancient man.
Besides the body of the Iceman, numerous pieces of equipment of the Iceman and other materials associated with the finding place were recovered (Lippert, 1992; Bagolini et al., 1996).
A small but representative fraction have now been radiocarbon dated at three different AMS laboratories.