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The iceman's fungi

  • U. PEINTNER (a1), R. PÖDER (a1) and T. PÜMPEL (a1)
    • Published online: 01 September 1998

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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Mycological Research
  • ISSN: 0953-7562
  • EISSN: 1469-8102
  • URL: /core/journals/mycological-research
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