an amateur archaeologist found a human arm bone sticking out of the bank of the Tollense River in northern Germany, not far from from the Baltic Sea. That would have been interesting enough, but this arm bone had a flint arrowhead deeply embedded near the upper end.
some reports the dead include women, old men, and children. There is no reason why an army on the march might not include some women, children, and old men, but this complicates the picture of what happened. Was this an ambush of a marching column, attacked when it was strung out across a bridge? Or was this something other than a pitched battle of two armies?
But this is certainly an amazing find, and a grand battle seems to me to be perfectly defensible explanation, and perhaps even the most likely. The more we learn about the distant past, the more eventful it seems.