This project would have been entirely impossible if not for leads and tidbits of information passed on to me by numerous people over the years.Among those who were particularly helpful were (in alphabetical order) John Cavallo, Dena Dincauze, Jonathan Gell and the rest of the staff at New Jersey DEP's Office of New Jersey Heritage (as well as the staff of other DEP offices, including the Division of Coastal Resources and the Division of Fish, Game and Wildlife), Rob Jacoby, Bill Oliver, Leonid Shmookler, and Vin Steponaitis.There is an interesting place named in Joshua 15:9 and , "well of waters of Nephtoah," that may be the Hebrew name of Merneptah. "A Canaanite at Ugarit." Israel Exploration Journal 13. The well which is probably anachronistically named after Merneptah would be near Jerusalem.
On September 19, 1991 two German hikers, Helmut and Erika Simon, stumbled upon the remains of a man in the Similaun Glacier near the border between Austria and Italy.
The beginning of the Holocene (post last ice age) is now universally accepted to be around 12000 BP.
Consequently the civilizations of the world naturally and simultaneously started developing near the rivers which initially started flowing due to the melting of glaciers near the Equator e.g. When populations multiplied, these river waters became insufficient.
They suspected foul-play and subsequently reported the find to a local hostel owner, Markus Pirpamer, who alerted the authorities.
The body and a number of associated artifacts, including tools and hunting implements, were discovered at an altitude of 3,200 metres above sea level in the Ötztaler (pronounced Alpen range, in the northeastern corner of the Italian Tyrol.