So cool: OMSI talk explores the archaeology of Canada’s Ice Man

If you thought Ötzi, the 5,300-year-old natural mummy found frozen in the Alps in 1991, was cool, just wait until you hear about the Canadian Ice Man.

Oregon Archaeological Society is presenting a lecture about the remains of a 300- to 550-year-old man discovered melting out of a glacier in Tatshenshini-Alsek Park, British Columbia, Canada, in 1999.

A team of researchers works at the site of the Canadian Ice Man's discovery. (Photo provided by Oregon State Historic Preservation Office)

A team of researchers works at the site of the Canadian Ice Man’s discovery. (Photo provided by Oregon State Historic Preservation Office)

The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 6 in the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry’s auditorium, 1945 S.E. Water Ave., Portland, and feature speakers Alexandar and Kjerstin Mackie, Canadian archaeologists who have been involved in studying and conserving the man’s remains and artifacts as part of a project called Kwädąy Dän Ts’ìnchį.

Kwädąy Dän Ts’ìnchį means “long ago person found” in the language of the Southern Tutchone, a First Nations people of Canada’s southern Yukon, and was the name given to the collaborative project — not the man — by First Nations Elders.

Within days of the man’s discovery, a collaboration was formed between Champagne and Aishihik First Nations, a Canadian tribe; the British Columbia Archaeology Branch; and Royal BC Museum to excavate his remains, collect associated artifacts for conservation, and ultimately learn more about how he lived and how he died.

The Mackies’ talk will cover that collaborative effort and what research has revealed about the man, his biological history, belongings, diet, travels and culture.

The talk is free and open to the public but will be preceded by an OAS general business meeting at 7 p.m.

Founded in 1951, OAS hosts free public archaeology lectures on the first Tuesday of each month from September through May at OMSI.

For more information, visit the society’s website or call 503-708-1400.

Susannah L. Bodman
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