STONE AGE CONNECTIONS
Mobility at Ötzi's time
Special Exhibition in the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology for 2022During the Copper Age people were already surprisingly mobile. They traded flint as well as copper and exchanged not only goods, but also brought along new knowledge and craftsmanship on their journeys.
People across Europe covered astoundingly large distances on foot, with snowshoes over the mountains, or with dugout canoes across the water. The copper for Ötzi’s axe came from what is now known as Tuscany, while some of his flint tools came from the area around Lake Garda. Just like today, people in the Copper Age were looking for a better life. They settled in new areas, encountered other groups of people, and some of the first armed conflicts took place over arable land, natural resources, and places to settle. New cultural groups were formed, religious beliefs spread quickly.