Could the warriors of the Tollense battlefield be considered the world’s first standing army?

What is the oldest battlefield?

The battlefield of the Tollense valley

The battlefield of the Tollense valley (German pronunciation: [tʰɔˈlɛnzə]) is a Bronze Age archaeological site in the northern German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern at the northern edge of the Mecklenburg Lake District.

When was the first known war?

. 2700 BCE

The first war in recorded history took place in Mesopotamia in c. 2700 BCE between Sumer and Elam.

What was found in the tollense Valley?

Along a 3-kilometer stretch of the Tollense River, archaeologists from the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Department of Historic Preservation (MVDHP) and the University of Greifswald (UG) have unearthed wooden clubs, bronze spearheads, and flint and bronze arrowheads.

Did ancient humans fight each other?

Investigation of the Neolithic skeletons found in the Talheim Death pit in Germany suggests that prehistoric men from neighboring tribes were prepared to brutally fight and kill each other in order to capture and secure women.

What was the worst war in history?

Wars and armed conflicts

Event Lowest estimate End
World War II 70,000,000 1945
Mongol conquests 30,000,000 1405
Taiping Rebellion 20,000,000 1864
European colonization of the Americas 8,400,000 1691

What is the shortest war in human history?

At 9am on 27 August 1896, following an ultimatum, five ships of the Royal Navy began a bombardment of the Royal Palace and Harem in Zanzibar.

Was the Bronze Age peaceful?

Most of what we know of the European Bronze Age comes from more peaceful contexts, like settlement or burial sites; the bones, weapons, and personal effects along the Tollense River are the only archaeological evidence (so far) of a battle in prehistoric Europe.

How were ancient battles fought?

Ancient weapons included the spear, the atlatl with light javelin or similar projectile, the bow and arrow, the sling; polearms such as the spear, falx and javelin; hand-to-hand weapons such as swords, spears, clubs, maces, axes, and knives. Catapults, siege towers, and battering rams were used during sieges.

What is the quickest invasion in history?

The Anglo-Zanzibar War was a military conflict fought between the United Kingdom and the Zanzibar Sultanate on 27 August 1896. The conflict lasted between 38 and 45 minutes, marking it as the shortest recorded war in history.

What was the 2nd shortest battle in history?

The six-day war is the second shortest war in history and was between Israel and the Arab states of Syria, Jordan, and Egypt. It started on June 5 and lasted for six days, ending June 10, 1967.

What was the shortest siege in history?

The siege of Candia (modern Heraklion, Crete) was a military conflict in which Ottoman forces besieged the Venetian-ruled city.
Siege of Candia.

Date 1 May 1648 – 27 September 1669 (21 years, 4 months, 3 weeks and 5 days)
Location Heraklion, Crete
Result Ottoman victory
Territorial changes Crete ceded to Ottomans

Which siege lasted the longest?

The Siege of Ceuta can tout itself as the longest siege in recorded history. The first phase of the conflict lasted a staggering 26 years, during which time Moroccan forces fought with the inhabitants of the Spanish-held city on the northern coast of Africa.

How long can a city last in a siege?

Sieges were expensive & troops might be on a fixed term of service (typically 40 days) so time was also a factor to consider. The defenders might even have secret tunnels which allowed some movement of people and goods to circumvent the besiegers camped outside.

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