The book accompanying the exhibition

"Krieg - eine archäologische Spurensuche" ("War - decoding its archaeological traces")

Edited by Harald Meller and Michael Schefzik
Theiss-Verlag (Stuttgart)
Format: 24.5 x 30.0 cm
Volume: ca. 484 pages with numerous colour illustrations

Museum edition: Hardcover with thread stitching, ca. 29.95 €
Book trade edition: Hardcover with dust jacket, thread stitching, ca. 39.95 €

The rise of war

In the last 25 years the archaeological exploration of the phenomenon of "war" has made tremendous progress: Battlefields and fortifications have been unearthed, mass graves salvaged, countless skeletons with traces of injuries examined, weapons as well as pictorial representations and historical texts analysed - with fundamental gains in knowledge.

In this companion volume to the special exhibition at the State Museum of Prehistory Halle (Saale) the question will be pursued about when war occurred for the first time. After deliberations on the definition of "war" and references to anthropology and conflict behaviour of ants and chimpanzees, the search begins with the earliest demonstrable conflicts of human history and concludes with the end of the Bronze Age. Furthermore, the current research on the battlefield of Lützen (1632) together with the salvage of a mass grave constitute the opportunity to uncover traces left by the Thirty Years' War in Middle Germany.

Within this extensive timescale drawn by the exhibition and the companion volume, can be found among others the oldest verifiable battlefield in Central Europe in Tollense Valley, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania or the skeletal remains - studied with state of the art bioarchaeological methods - from the mass grave of Lützen.