Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Third Century AD Battlefield Discovered in Germany

Last week German archaeologists announced the discovery of a battlefield between Germanic peoples and the Romans in northern Germany. The finds from the battlefield have dated the battle to c. AD 200 - rather late for a conflict between Germanic tribes and the Romans. Hundreds of weapons and weapon-fragments (esp. spearheads, arrowheads, and axes), some of them indicating damage from battle, are among the most interesting finds. Tests on the wood of spear shafts indicate these came from Africa. Some coins were also found at the site and add to the chronological evidence.

So far two articles by Der Spiegel Online have covered the discovery (here and here).

Photos from Der Spiegel Online.