We know that it is older than Christendom, but whether by a couple of years or a couple of centuries, or even by more than a millenium, we can do no more than guess." [Rasmus Nyerup, (Danish antiquarian), 1802 (in Trigger, 19)].The person who wrote these words lived in the 1800s, many years before archaeologists could accurately date materials from archaeological sites using scientific methods.
Nevertheless some considerations, some of which have already been proposed by other authors (Terzan 1994; Nisi 2001; Dickson et al.
2003), support the view that the Iceman is a burial.
I have tried here to answer some of the frequently asked questions that I receive from students via email, as well as providing some basic information about scientific dating methods.
"Everything which has come down to us from heathendom is wrapped in a thick fog; it belongs to a space of time we cannot measure.
But scholars of prehistoric people were fascinated by a leather quiver with 14 arrows and an ax found by the iceman's side.