A mummy of a goat was found in the Alps
A mummy of a goat was found in the Alps

A mummy of a goat was found in the Alps: the chamois died 400 years ago, but is still recognizable

A mummy of a goat was found in the Alps

In the Alps, at an altitude of about 3200 meters above the sea level, a skier Hermann Oberlechner discovered the mummified remains of an animal that interested the scientists. It turned out to be one of the goat species that died about 400 years ago. Despite the old age, the mummified remains are well recognizable. It turned out that that chamois is one of the species of antelope.

The skier was making a 6-hour trek when he noticed strange remains that were visible under the snow. Half of the body was not covered with the snow, the skin looked like the skin, but completely without any hair.


The skier took a picture and sent it to the national park ranger, who forwarded the photo to the Department of Cultural Heritage then. That discovery is reminiscent of other mummies that were previously found at high altitudes, including Otzi's "Ice Man".

His mummified body that is 5.3 thousand years old, was found in the Alps back in 1991. The similarity worried the scientists. Now they intend to use the DNA of the ancient chamois to preserve it in a laboratory research for the further study.

If the experiment is successful, the scientists will be able to preserve the DNA of an ancient person next time. Albert Zink, a director of the Institute for the Study of Mummies in Italy, said that the goal of science is to intelligently use data to process a worldwide protocol for the conservation of ice mummies.


It took scientists a lot of work to lower the chamois mummy from the mountain surfaces. The body of the animal was buried by a glacier, and only recently, due to the retreat of ice, it was exposed.

To move the chamois down, it took the help of the Alpine Army Corps, the mountain infantry of the Italian army. A special case was built for the ancient goat, and it was attached to a helicopter piloted by the pilots trained to work at high altitudes. The remains of the chamois were taken to a conservation laboratory in Italy, where it is stored at minus five degrees.