WEAPONS AT THE BATTLEFIELD OF KALKRIESE

Autor(en): Rost, Achim
Wilbers-Rost, Susanne
Stichwörter: ambush; Arminius; Battlefield; battlefield archaeology; Germans; History; Kalkriese; looting; Roman weapons; Romans; Teutoburg Forest; Varus Battle
Erscheinungsdatum: 2010
Herausgeber: CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Journal: GLADIUS
Volumen: 30
Startseite: 117
Seitenende: 135
Zusammenfassung: 
Archaeological investigations have been taking place at the Kalkriese Hill in Northern Germany since 1987. Roman coins and military equipment are the result of a battle between Romans and Germans, probably the Varus Battle (A.D. 9). It is the aim of our research project to reconstruct the course of the battle. It has become apparent that one cannot deduct the intensity of fighting by the number of finds. Instead, we have to take into account the impact of post-battle processes on the archaeological record, such as rescuing of wounded soldiers, looting by the victors and body-stripping. This paper illustrates the finds and features from Kalkriese, especially from the main site ``Oberesch'', where most of the Roman artefacts as well as a rampart built by Germans as an ambush against Roman troops, and a series of pits containing the bones of the dead Roman soldiers were found. In addition, new methodological approaches for the interpretation of ancient battlefields are presented.
ISSN: 0436029X
DOI: 10.3989/gladius.2010.0006

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