The history books will have to be rewritten now that a third-century Roman battlefield has been discovered. More than 600 relics—ranging from gold coins and horseshoes to crossbows and shovels—were found in Northern Germany. Until now, it was thought the Roman Empire gave up its interest in Germany much earlier than the third century.
Tipped off by relic-hunters who were illegally searching for artifacts, archaeologists have now retraced some of the battle lines. The evidence suggests that the Germanic tribes lured the Romans into the forest for hand-to-hand combat. This would have prevented the Romans from using their long-range weapons. The archaeologists believe this battle was won by Rome.
Research in the area continues. It’s hoped that fortifications and graveyards can be found.