The World in 3300 B.C.

In the Iceman's day, Europe was a quiet agricultural backwater. The action was in Egypt and Mesopotamia, where civilization was beginning to flourish.

THINK OF THE ICEMAN AS A SORT OF prehistoric Daniel Boone: a leather-clad outdoorsman, equipped with the Stone Age equivalent of a bowie knife and plenty of mountain know-how. Now imagine the reception the roughhewn pioneer might have got if he had shown up, coonskin cap and all, to greet the erudite Thomas Jefferson at Philadelphia's Second Continental Congress -- or if he had strode into the elegant court of Louis XV to mingle with the bewigged nobles of France.

That sort of culture clash -- mountain man meets high society -- would have happened had Iceman ventured to meet his...

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