Bronze Age battle site found on German riverbank

Fractured human remains found on a German riverbank could provide the first compelling evidence of a major Bronze Age battle, British broadcaster the BBC reported Sunday on its website.

Archaeological excavations of the Tollense Valley in northern Germany have unearthed fractured skulls, wooden clubs and horse remains dating from around 1200 BC. The injuries to the skulls suggest face-to-face combat in a battle perhaps fought between warring tribes, the researchers said.

Their paper, published in the journal Antiquity, is based primarily on an investigation begun in 2008 of the Tollense Valley site, which involved both ground excavations and surveys of the riverbed by divers.



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