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And whatever they were fighting over may have been intensely important to them but has long been lost in the mists of time. Whether it was territory, religion or sheer tribal animosity it's all forgotten now. Puts things in perspective.
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MarkV, it's often something I cogitate on when walking battlefields. I've heard people say that they can 'feel' the closeness of history and strife in the woods around Oosterbeek, or near the great gate of Hugomonte. Wonder wot they'd 'feel' walking along that peaceful Jerry riverbank, probably sod all... till they got shown that skull with the bronze arrowhead stuck through it!?

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And whatever they were fighting over may have been intensely important to them but has long been lost in the mists of time. Whether it was territory, religion or sheer tribal animosity it's all forgotten now. Puts things in perspective.
Bridges have long been choke points attracting antagonist forces into close conflict. You say that these battles have long been forgotten, as indeed many have, but might I suggest that even some of those forgotten ones may have left their ripples that caused and affected later battles and tribal and later national culture and politics.

Some of my own historic ancestors were at 'bridge battles', Constantine I 'The Great', who was victor at the Battle of Milvian Bridge, and another ancestor who was cousin and companion to one of Harald Hardrada Sigurdsson's sons at the Battle of Stamford Bridge - this one they lost to the other Harald. -To name but two. It could still be argued that although the Norsemen lost that battle they impacted on the outcome and the culture and the politics and history of England and indeed the UK and beyond, via the Battle of Hastings.

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Bit of speculation. The date puts it at around the time of the Trojan War and theinvasions of the Sea Peoples in the Eastern Mediteranean. Possible connection?
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Bit of speculation. The date puts it at around the time of the Trojan War and theinvasions of the Sea Peoples in the Eastern Mediteranean. Possible connection?

Its possible, but no one would be able to tell you for sure. Bad enough weather might drive tribes out of there normal range?
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Strangely it says that a lot of the dead came from the south. Could see a barbarian horde coming from the north or the east and heading south but not the other way round.
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Bit of speculation. The date puts it at around the time of the Trojan War and theinvasions of the Sea Peoples in the Eastern Mediteranean. Possible connection?
It is more likely to have been a fracas between one or more of the north Germanic tribes and a large band of either Danes or Swedes. It is even possible that one [or more] of my own Scandinavian ancestors [leaders, jarls, princes and kings numbered amongst them], could have been involved.

It is a pity that the various Norse sagas, steelers, and other monuments don't go quite that far back.
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Strangely it says that a lot of the dead came from the south. Could see a barbarian horde coming from the north or the east and heading south but not the other way round.
South tribe gets displaced northwards? historically speaking in europe tribes moved out of the east and you get a sort of domino effect displacing the peoples who were already there?
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