A German vacationer who discovered a 5,000-year-old ice mummy received a €175,000 ($213,000) reward for her sensational find after a long legal battle, her lawyer said Tuesday.
Erika Simon was on vacation in the Italian Alpine province of Bolzano in 1991 with her husband Helmut, who has since died, when they stumbled across the corpse in an astonishing state of preservation after five thousand years in the deep freeze.
“A reward of €175,000 will be paid out” to the Simon family after “bitter negotiations” with Bolzano, in northern Italy, said a statement from the lawyer, Georg Rudolph. The region originally offered €50,000 but was forced to raise its payout after several court appeals.
“It would have been much cheaper for the province to be more generous from the beginning,” said Rudolph, noting that legal fees of more than €48,000 were also due.
The corpse, named Oetzi, is considered the world’s oldest ice mummy, and was found along with clothes and weapons that provided useful clues to how people lived in the Late Neolithic age.
Scientists believe Oetzi was around 46 when he died. He had been severely wounded by an arrow and possibly dispatched with a blow to the head by a cudgel.