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The iceman's fungi

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  01 September 1998

U. PEINTNER
Affiliation:
Institute of Microbiology, University of Innsbruck, Technikerstraße 25, A-6020 Innsbruck, Austria
R. PÖDER
Affiliation:
Institute of Microbiology, University of Innsbruck, Technikerstraße 25, A-6020 Innsbruck, Austria
T. PÜMPEL
Affiliation:
Institute of Microbiology, University of Innsbruck, Technikerstraße 25, A-6020 Innsbruck, Austria
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Abstract

Among the numerous items of equipment with the ‘Iceman’, who died more than 5000 years ago on an alpine glacier, were three fungal objects: two different shaped fruitbody pieces of the polypore Piptoporus betulinus, each mounted separately on a leather thong, and, found in his girdle bag, a relatively large quantity of tinder material prepared from the ‘true tinder bracket’ Fomes fomentarius. A full description of these items and a chronological report on their identification is given. The question about the possible use of the fungi is discussed on the basis of a comprehensive collection of ethnomycological and pharmacological literature data.

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© The British Mycological Society 1998

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