Few Copper Age artefacts have been found in South Tyrol, where Ötzi probably lived. We therefore know very little about the life of Copper Age people. And since Ötzi had no pottery on him, it is very difficult to assign him to one of the culture groups of the period. It is assumed that Ötzi belonged to the Tamins-Carasso-Isera 5 group, a cultural group that emerged in the region in the 4th millennium BC.
The Remedello culture, which was prevalent in the Po Valley at the same time, had a strong influence on the Alpine inhabitants. Axe blades, daggers and arrowheads have been found in graves there that bear close similarities to Ötzi’s equipment.