National Geographic : 1993 Jun
he Iceman's survival kit cut leather or game. Found included an ash-handled near his body, the dagger lay flint dagger (above), its blade next to a grass sheath, the first no larger than an arrowhead. ever discovered. The Iceman probably used it to In addition to a bone needle, a hank ofgrass rope, and a mass of feltlike fiber that may have served as tinder, the Ice man also owned a four-inch long stick (left) tipped with antler. Conservators believe it was a tool for sharpeningflint, pieces of which the Iceman stored in a pouch. A common material,flint served toolmakers through the Copper Age and into the Bronze. The Iceman carried high-quality flint that he may have traded; Lawrence Barfield ofthe University of Birmingham in England believes it was quarried in the highlands east of Italy's Lake Garda. At a burialground across the lake, Barfield (facing page) found items almost iden tical to the ones the Iceman possessed.