Massive, mystery Iron Age skeleton army unearthed in Denmark

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Dec 17, 2012, 3:27 PM EST

Nearly 2,000 years ago, a battle was waged in the Alken Enge wetlands of Denmark. Blood was shed, skulls shattered, ax heads cracked and countless lives sacrificed. Now archaeologists have uncovered the remains of that deadly campaign, and are hoping to discover just what happened.

Unearthed from the bog have been bones, axes, spears, clubs and shields. And the remains spread quite a stretch.

According to Ejvind Hertz from the Skanderborg Museum, who is directing the dig, "We've done small test digs at different places in a 40-hectare (100-acre) wetlands area, and new finds keep emerging."

Most likely the battle would have been between warring tribes in the area, and, without a doubt, the effect on human history in that region would have been incalculable.

On that account, project manager and professor of archaeology Mads Kähler Holst declared that "It's clear that this must have been a quite far-reaching and dramatic event that must have had profound effect on the society of the time."

It's believed that the losing tribe was sacrificed and hurled into what was then a lake. Now all that remains is the bog and the fragments of a war that time forgot. Now that these people have been discovered, archaeologists hope to determine who they were, where they came from, and why they were sacrificed.

(via Discovery)