The 3000-year-old tools discovered in Europe show just how far the warriors traveled to the battle

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Thousands and thousands of years ago, two vast armies fought each other in the Tollense River Valley in the northern part of Germany, not far from the Baltic sea. In the end, a soldier who had travelled all the way from southcentral Europe has been killed, his body falling into the river. Now, a new study shows that in the soldier’s belongings were found at rest in eight feet down to the bottom of the river, perfectly preserved in the mud.

A scuba-diving archeological team found the object in a collection of bronze tools, locks and debris, the bones of the 140 warriors to explore a new part of the river will be back in 2016.

“One of our” diving heroes ” is documented in a large number of human bones, and Bronze can be found at the bottom of the river to their former position,” Thomas Terberger, of the Lower Saxony State Office for Cultural Heritage in Hannover and the co-author of the study, told Fox News. “This has made it possible to get a better understanding of the context of the findings, we can see that the human remains are directly associated with points, in three dress pins, bronze tools, and a valuable band box, and the scrap metal to be found, which can be interpreted as the commitment of a warrior.”

(Credit: Volker Minkus)


The tightly packed cluster of objects (without the need of a bag or carton that they came in, that was a long time ago, the void) is composed of 31 pieces of brass. Also included is a small sword, knife, awl, and a chisel.

According to the study, the material is the first of its kind to be found this far north. The discovery is reportedly to prove that the men had traveled hundreds of miles to get to the fight with an indication of a high level of social organization.

(Credit: Volker Minkus)

“The presence of foreign goods in the burials, the settlement of accounts and the deposit does not necessarily mean that the movement of so many people, [but] this case is different from the Tollense Valley Battlefield website,” Terberger added to it. “In this particular case, the object of which is to be found in the valley are related to the people in the fight to end up in the river. The Bronze may have been associated with the violation, and the equipment of the dead, it is also possible that the supply of the equipment took place after the battle.”

The team identified similarities to the new find the objects more frequently detected in areas of eastern France and in the bohemian region of the Czech Republic. The bronze arrow-heads, and clothes pins are used by the fighters and their clothes were also recovered, which are often found in tombs in the southern part of central Europe.

“The only one of the Bronze sword is type Riegsee) have been found in the river, there is also a stand-out in the north-East of Germany,” Terberger continued. “It is typical of the southern regions, such as southern Germany and the Bohemian lands.”


Also recovered were three gold spiral rings, which were worn by the bronze age, the elite of the elite fighters in the southern part of Central Europe. In addition to the artifacts, the bones found scattered on the banks of the river, on the site it levels which are not in accordance with the isotopes found in the bones of the local people.

(Credit: Stefan Sauer)

In combination, these factors seem to show that the bronze age people were able to communicate over long distances, it is enough to organise a venue for the fight — a big achievement to do it on such a large scale, and more modern forms of communication.

Thousands of remains have been found in the Tollense Valley, the battlefield ever since, a conservationist, who happens to be a bot with an excellent icon in 1996. It has been estimated that up to 4,000 men, were fighting it out around 1250 B. c

“[In the Tollense Valley, the Battlefield] is the first evidence of a bronze age battlefield, site, and, according to our knowledge, the only pre-historic battle-field of that time in Europe, and probably in the world,” Terberger said. “The expansion of the scale of the battle is to change our perception of the bronze age in Central Europe. The new findings apply to the more general evidence from the site, this is not a local conflict, but also fighters from the more rural southern regions, were involved.”

The study was recently published in the journal Antiquity.


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