Archaeological Find: German river bank site of Early Bronze Age battle (Image)

By on May 22, 2011 in Amazing, Archaelogy, Europe, Science Comments
 

Human skull with a large fracture
Image Credit: bbc.co.uk

It was reported, May 22, 2011 by BBC that unearthed fractured human remains show proof of a possible major Bronze Age battle that happened on a river bank in Germany.

Apparently, it was reported that Tollense Valley, located in northern Germany, had been the site of an Archaeological excavation were 1200 BC artifacts such as fractured skulls, wooden clubs and horses remains were found.

According to the reports, researchers believed that the skulls recovered have injuries that were consistent with a face-to-face battle that is thought to be between warring tribes.

As reported in the journal Antiquity, primary work of investigation of the Tollense Valley site started in 2008 where it utilized the use of ground excavations and searches of the riverbed by divers.

It was noted that the researchers dug about 100 human remains, eight of which had lesions on their bones; most of them appeared to be young men.

It was reported that the mentioned evidence point to a major battle site, maybe the eariest one to date, said Dr. Harald Lubke of the Centre for Baltic and Scandinavian Archaeology in Germany.

Dr. Harald Lubke was even quoted by BBC saying, “At the the beginning of the Neolithic, we have finds like Talheim in Germany, where we have evidence of violence, but it doesn’t look like this situation in the Tollense Valley where we have many humans there in the riverbed.”

“We have a lot of violence from blunt weapons without any healing traces, and we have also evidence of sharp weapons. There are a lot of signs that this happened immediately before the victims died and the bodies are not buried in the normal way,” he added.



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