Re: Otzi's 'nationality'
From: Håkan Lindgren
Otzi's nationality? Well, don't you know, he's
Italian! No, he's an Austrian!
When people realized how old he was, there was a
lot of arguing between these two countries - on which side of the border was he
found? He was found on Italian soil, only a few metres from the Austrian
border, but how can you tell exactly where the unmarked border is high up in the
mountains? Both countries wanted him, and according to BerlinOnline people went
up in the mountains with measuring equipment, arguing about every inch of soil.
I remember people saying things like: "Well, he died on our
side, but the glacier has moved him since then. Glaciers move, you
know!" Austrian nationalists were especially angry because this mountain area
used to belong to Austria, but was given to Italy after WW I, a fact which some
Austrian nationalists still haven't accepted.
...perhaps Bernal will step in and settle the
issue by telling us that Otzi was actually black?