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NOVA; Iceman


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Premiered March 1974 NOVA is a general-interest documentary series that addresses a single science issue each week. Billed as "science adventures for curious grown-ups" when it first aired in March, 1974, NOVA continues to offer an informative and entertaining approach to a challenging subject. 1996 marked NOVA's 23rd season, which makes it the longest-running science program on national television. It is also one of television's most acclaimed series, having won every major television award, most of them many times over. Series release date: 3/3/1974

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Five thousand years ago, a man perished in a mountain storm. In 1991, his frozen body was found on a remote glacier near the border of Austria and Italy, along with artifacts of his vanished way of life. The Iceman lived over 5,000 years ago, during the Stone Age, and was probably in his late twenties when he died. Among his belongings were a leather quiver, two unfinished arrows and materials for making arrows. This program covers the international effort to unlock the secrets of this astonishing discovery: An agreement with Italy allows Austria to direct an international research effort on the body and artifacts. One of the Austrians directing the effort is Konrad Spindler of the University of Innsbruck. Also featured are Lawrence Barfield, a prehistorian at the University of Birmingham in England, and Markus Egg, a prehistorian at the Roman-Catholic Central Museum in Mainz, Germany.



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Chicago: “NOVA; Iceman,” 10/21/1992, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 17, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_6F4674397E2C43BAAA9F9BBAC1F4285F.
MLA: “NOVA; Iceman.” 10/21/1992. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 17, 2018. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_6F4674397E2C43BAAA9F9BBAC1F4285F>.
APA: NOVA; Iceman. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_6F4674397E2C43BAAA9F9BBAC1F4285F
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