National Geographic : 1993 Jun
Twelve unfinished arrows and an unstrung bow raise the question of what the Iceman was doing alone and defenseless in the wild high mountains. His deerskin quiver (above) did contain two complete arrows, made of viburnum wood with flint heads and feathers. But the Iceman's longbow could not have fired them. The curved, six-foot-long piece ofyew wood-taller than the Iceman himself-had not been notched orfitted with string. Most experts speculate that the mountain traveler was a shepherd who had lost or dam aged his weapons and was gath ering material for new ones. Others picture the Iceman as a shaman who, with tattoos, amulet, and magical ax, had climbed the mountain to do rit ualistic battle with evil. In the end what defeated the he froze to death after falling Iceman was probably the severe asleep. A fragmentof his plaited mountain weather. As his body grass cape (below) was found shows no sign of broken bones next to his head, having failed or disease,scientists think to ward off the fatal cold.