Thirteen years ago, Simone Bartolini was mapping Italy's border with Austria in the same area where Ötzi the Iceman was found in 1991 when he came upon some old birchwood rounded into a snowshoe. He kept it in his office in Florence for 12 years before giving it to an archaeologist to study. He'd thought the object might be a century old and was amazed to discover that the object dated back to 3,700 B.C.
The snowshoe is going to the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology in Bolzano, where Ötzi resides.
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