RomanArmyTalk

Full Version: Oldenrode
You're currently viewing a stripped down version of our content. View the full version with proper formatting.
I just read that at Oldenrode in Germany, a battlefield has been found, in 2008. Weapons, shoe nails and so on; probably 235 AD, Maximinus Thrax. The report looks suspiciously similar to the Hartzhorn report, but Oldenrode is 25 km west of Hartzhorn. Does anyone know more about it?
Quote:I just read that at Oldenrode in Germany, a battlefield has been found, in 2008. Weapons, shoe nails and so on; probably 235 AD, Maximinus Thrax. The report looks suspiciously similar to the Hartzhorn report, but Oldenrode is 25 km west of Hartzhorn. Does anyone know more about it?


I have only been able to find this report, which has more to say about how archaeologists found unexploded WWII ordinance than Roman stuff:

http://www.thelocal.de/national/20100812-29123.html
At least it's something. It at least confirms that the Dutch news report is not a repeat of the Hartzhorn, and that there's indeed a second site. Thanks!
Jona, I fear it´s the same site.
Does anyone have any idea of how they plot the items found? It occurs to me that finds of bolt heads or arrowheads of differing types in different parts of the field might give some idea of how the battle lines were drawn up, on the assumption that arrows might be expected hit the ground quite close to where the enemy was standing.

Crispvs
Hi all,
Oldenrode is part of Kalefeld . [url:3cjxnlsp]http://www.kalefeld.de/ortschaften/oldenrode.asp[/url]
So Christian K. should be right.
Crispus, IIRC the place first was spotted by private "Sondengängers", they used the "usual" metal detectors.
Only after this the official authorities were informed.
By the way: this year's excavation have been seriously hampered by a rain period and finds of weaponry from the "nearer" past.
[url:3cjxnlsp]http://www.hna.de/nachrichten/landkreis-northeim/northeim/roemer-schlachtfeld-sperrung-bleibt-875976.html[/url]
Since some press releases do mention further finds of a large number of hobnails referring also to the possibility of tracking roman moves by them and
a hint towards a press conference today
[url:3cjxnlsp]http://www.hna.de/nachrichten/landkreis-northeim/northeim/ende-schlammschlacht-891281.html[/url]
and
[url:3cjxnlsp]http://www.bild.de/BILD/regional/hannover/dpa/2010/08/18/offenbar-neue-superfunde-auf-roemerschlachtfeld.html[/url]
[url:3cjxnlsp]http://www.roemerschlachtamharzhorn.de/assets/files/FLYER%20Pressekonferenz%20Harzhorn.pdf[/url]
there may now come new life to the "old thread". (...and some new publications ...? :roll: )

....and presto .... here's the NEWS:
[url:3cjxnlsp]http://www.hna.de/nachrichten/landkreis-northeim/northeim/harzhorn-forscher-finden-pferde-zahn-892674.html[/url]
1. Yes, a little movie's included
2. After finding a horse's bones last year they finally found a horses tooth.
This should enable them to localize the horses whereabouts, so they say because teeth do hold enclosed (spurious matter) traces of the feed it took in it's lifetime.
They also go on saying that radiocarbon-dating (rem.: ...of what ? The bones ? I can't make more sense out of this relaease here) confirmed ( as a third "pilar") dating the event between 230 and 240 AD.
The other two "pilars" being the dating of the silver coins found there earlier on and the dating of a part of a knife's sheath found last year.
Greez

Simplex
Thanks Siggi.