The team of archaeologists from the Centre for Baltic and Scandinavian Archaeology in Germany managed to find the fossils of 100 individuals in the region Tollense Valley, northern Germany. Scientists estimated that the bones belonged to victims of brutal fighting that took place in the Bronze age around 1200 years BC.
There are many evidence to support that opinion. Some skull fracture and in one body there are arrowheads that penetrate up to 2 cm. Eight other bones also suffered injuries and one a broken thigh bone indicates that the owner had fallen from a horse before he died in battle.
Strengthens the evidence that the bones belonged to victims of battle, scientists found no pottery or gravestones that indicate a funeral. Scientists also found the weapons found in the war of weapons timber about the size of a baseball bat and hammer-like stems.
The discovery of the bones were brought scientists to the hypothesis that Tollense Valley is the site of the oldest battles Bronze age. Evidence of the fight in another era, such as Neolithic, ever found in the region Talheim, but its characteristics differ from those in Tollense Valley.
Dr Harald Lubke, head of research, said, "There are many signs that the fight occurred just before the victim was killed and the corpses are not buried as normal." He also added that the conflict seems to occur in areas of the river and there are many bones of the victim's body that may exist .
"It's important to find a place where the bodies fell into the water and it will explain what really happened during that battle, or something else. However, we believe that the fight is the best explanation at this time," said Lubke. Lubke and colleagues published research in the journal Antiquity.