The Bronze Age Battlefield Site Of Tollense, Northern Germany

In an article last year I highlighting some new research into the suspected Bronze Age battlefield site of Tollense, a river valley in northern Germany where archaeologists have recovered the remains of more than one hundred bodies dating to around 1250 BCE. One of my favourite YouTubers, Lindybiege, has taken a detailed look at the evidence for the supposed clash and it is well worth a watch. Nikolas Lloyd, the historian behind the pseudonym, has created an enjoyable channel full of entertaining, if occasionally eccentric, clips examining military tactics and technology from the pre-modern era. Some of his non-history videos are perhaps best avoided (he has a habit of straying perilously close to UKIP territory) but if you ignore the politics its good fun.

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4 comments

  1. Interesting. Has anyone ever speculated on ethnic/tribal differences being a reason for the dispute? Proto Teutons v Slavs? Or are archeologists a bit too peecee for this? Certainly at a rather later date areas not far to the west of tollense appear to have been a bloody battleground between Saxons, Danes and Wends

    1. It would be impossible at this distance in time to decide the ethnic makeup of those involved or the causes for the battle. The most likely suggestion is a regional conflict among people of the same broad linguistic-cultural milieu, albeit opposed to each other for some reason. It was certainly a large battle by any definition.

  2. Lloyd is pretty good, came across him recently while youtubing ancient swords, halberds, axes and their fighting techniques. He looks an awful lot like the BBC Lloyd that was involved in HHGttG and Black Adder, I wonder if he’s a relative. .

    1. I have no idea on the question but I like him too. The English chauvinism is a bit much sometimes, in a an eye-rolling manner, but he makes up for it in other ways. But you just know that he is Brexiteer.

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