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About the Village of Feldthurns/Velturno

Feldthurns/Velturno is a small village situated at an altitude of 850 meters above sea-level in the low mountain range around the Eisack/Isarco Valley. It boasts a quaint old village square with picturesque inns and pubs, handsome farmhouses, proud manorial estates, as well as a Gothic church and a Renaissance castle with turrets dating back to 1577. Here in the former summer residence of the Prince-Bishop of Brixen/Bressanone, you can experience both interesting peasant traditions and modern village culture, including concerts and outdoor theatre. Every visit is unique. It is a meeting place for ancient traditions and world-class culture. Just above the Unterwirt wellness hotel looms the old Velturns Renaissance castle. The Alpine meadows in the surrounding mountains are excellent destinations for hiking enthusiasts.

Ötzi, the Iceman – A Native of Feldthurns/Velturno?

Ötzi – the world-famous “Iceman” – may have been a native of the Eisack/Isarco Valley, and perhaps even from Feldthurns/Velturno itself. At least, scientific evidence seems to point in that direction.
About 5,000 years ago, during the Chalcolithic Epoch, most tools were still made of flint. Copper, the first metal used by Man, was rare and highly revered.
It is possible that, at the time of his death, Ötzi had been underway from the Hauslab Pass in search of this precious metal. Archeologists have uncovered ceramic vessels belonging to the so-called Bell Beaker Culture. The most-important find was a burial ground in the form of an oval rock pile about 20 meters in length. This giant rock pile was capped by a menhir bearing the depiction of a hand-ax, a dagger, an arrowhead, and a bow.
Until now, only three such cult sites have been discovered in the entire Alpine region – namely in Aosta, in Wallis, und this one in Feldthurns/Velturno. The presence of copper slag proves that the villagers of that epoch had already mastered the processing of copper ores. This comports well with the fact that Ötzi had been found in the possession of a copper axe.
About the Village of Feldthurns/Velturno
About the Village of Feldthurns/Velturno
About the Village of Feldthurns/Velturno
About the Village of Feldthurns/Velturno

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South Tyrol - Italy
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