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Bronze age battle in Germany
May 22nd, 2011 at 7:19am
 
Probably tangential, but an interesting case of battlefield archaeology:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-13469861
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Reply #1 - May 22nd, 2011 at 7:23am
 
This is something to watch closely  Smiley
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Re: Bronze age battle in Germany
Reply #2 - May 22nd, 2011 at 7:29am
 
heard this on the news yesterday.

Looking at the pics of found objects I believe I have an alternative theory to a pitched battle.

The facts:
1) horses involved
2) people falling off horses
3) long handled clubs

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This wasn't a battle this was the worlds first/last extreme polo tournament !
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Reply #3 - May 22nd, 2011 at 8:08am
 
I suppose it's also the sort of wounds made by stones.

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Reply #4 - May 22nd, 2011 at 12:17pm
 
The ball game played by southeastern Native Americans was a ritualized form of warfare.  Games between provinces or villages usually had fatalities.  This game became lacrosse.  Do you think that type of warfare became polo?  Bill
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Reply #5 - May 22nd, 2011 at 5:53pm
 

Shaped like a mallet and made of Blackthorn (sloe wood), its a shillelagh  Grin
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Reply #6 - May 22nd, 2011 at 10:44pm
 
Let me clarify my last post, a lot of what we think of today as games have their roots in warfare, the Olympics were origonally to show how good your warriors were.  Do you think the practice sessions could have evolved into polo or something like that?  You are practicing riding around hitting people in the head with a mallet, did they practice by hitting a rock or stump and somebody bet that one group could hit it more often than the other group?  Bill
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Re: Bronze age battle in Germany
Reply #7 - May 22nd, 2011 at 10:56pm
 
Bill Skinner wrote on May 22nd, 2011 at 10:44pm:
Let me clarify my last post, a lot of what we think of today as games have their roots in warfare, the Olympics were origonally to show how good your warriors were.  Do you think the practice sessions could have evolved into polo or something like that?  You are practicing riding around hitting people in the head with a mallet, did they practice by hitting a rock or stump and somebody bet that one group could hit it more often than the other group?  Bill

Polo is an ancient Iranian sport that came to Britain through India AFAIK. I agree with your idea that a lot of sports started as a competition imitating or replacing war, but I don't think Polo is the right sport in this instance.
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Reply #8 - May 24th, 2011 at 9:20am
 
The Persians get the credit because of a game they played in 600bc against the Turkumen, most think it started in central Asia/northern China about 1000 years earlier, as training for light cavalary.  Bill
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