Rick Schulting of the School of Archaeology at the University of Oxford hopes additional research will clarify exactly what took place in the Tollense Valley.
"What perhaps surprises me most is the claim (made in the research paper) that some individuals survived their injuries for up to weeks," Schulting told Discovery News. "This would be unusual in the context of a battle at this time, which we would expect to be more of the nature of 'hit and run,' though of course we may be wrong about this, or the Tollense case may be an exception. The presence of young infants also requires some explanation."
Anthony Harding, a professor of archaeology at the University of Exeter, is convinced that the site and associated remains represent an ancient battlefield.
"Given the large number of human bones with trauma, including some obviously inflicted by blows from clubs, arrows and even swords, I do think that (Terberger's) interpretation as a conflict site is reasonable, indeed probably the only viable one."