15. Otzi the Iceman
Otzi the Iceman’s astonishingly well-preserved body was found on the icy slopes of the Alps near the border between Austria and Italy. Tourists stumbled across his body at an altitude of more than 10,000 feet. At first, they thought the grisly find was a modern-day hiker’s corpse. But, in fact, Otzi had died between 5,400 and 5,700 years ago, making him the oldest naturally mummified corpse ever found in Europe.
14. Ness of Brodgar
Archaeologists have discovered that the remote Orkney Islands, an archipelago about 10 miles north of the Scottish mainland, housed a thriving center of Neolithic civilization. They have discovered a variety of intriguing sites featuring stone-built structures. One of the most fascinating is the Ness of Brodgar. Digging continues at the site, parts of which date back to 3300 BC. The purpose of the sophisticated buildings at the Ness of Brodgar may have been a temple or cathedral.