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A name for a prehistoric human or hominid, the frozen remains of whom are discovered preserved in (especially) glacial ice; the term has been particularly associated with the body of a man discovered in 1991 in the mountains of the Tyrol on the Italo-Austrian border.

The first newspaper reports suggested that it was the body of a medieval man; initial archaeological views selected the Bronze Age. However, carbon dating, and the analysis of skin and bone samples, soon made it clear that Iceman came from a much earlier period, perhaps as early as 3300 bc.


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