A MASSIVE BRONZE-AGE SLAUGHTER occurred more than 3200 years ago in Northern Germany near a bridge across the Tollense River. Based on several years of excavation, archaeologists estimate that as many as 5000 combatants fought a vicious battle where more than 1000 may have been killed. Since 25% of the skeletons show signs of healed trauma from earlier fights, many of the men were likely trained and experienced warriors. This, and the fact that so many warriors had been gathered, fed, equipped, organized, and led into battle, suggests that the socio-political development in North-Central Europe was considerably more advanced – and warlike – than previously thought.
Below is my March, 2019 post on the subject: