|A battlefield 3,250 years ago in Germany is yielding remains of wounded warriors, wooden clubs, spear points, flint and bronze arrowheads and bronze knives and swords. |
The gruesome scene, frozen in time by peat, is unlike anything else from the Bronze Age in Northern Europe. No one knows who these people were who fought on the banks of the Tollense River in northern Germany near the Baltic Sea because there are no written records.
|The battlefield was discovered in 1996 by an amateur archaeologist, who saw an arm bone sticking out of the riverbank. Embedded in the bone was a flint arrowhead. Archaeologists did some minor digging there at the time and found a bashed-in skull and a wooden club of 73 cm (29 inches). Radiocarbon dating showed they were from around 1250 BC.|
|Researchers found additional bones of horses and men, many of them grievously wounded. They also excavated wooden clubs, flint and bronze arrowheads and bronze spearheads. They say there may be hundreds more men whose remains haven’t been excavated.|
|The carnage stretches along 3 kilometers (1.86 miles) of the river, surprising the researchers. From the size of the site and remains found so far, they estimate there may have been 4,000 people involved in the battle.|