At the same time that Emperor Septimius Severus was ordering the building of his triumphal arch in Rome, around 203 AD, a large fleet from Norway sailed through Kattegat. Nithijo, Wagnijo, Swarta and 1000 other warriors attacked Eastern Jutland, but were decisively defeated. "Clothes were shredded and armour was torn apart" wrote the Spanish priest and historian Orosius around 400 AD. We can add that shields were smashed, swords were bent and broken and horse harnesses were chopped into pieces. Then the wrecked spoils of war were sacrificed in a lake at Illerup. This book gives an account of the excavation and the detailed studies arising from one of the most impressive archaeological finds of our time, and the reader gains an insight into previously unknown and very surprising aspects of life in the Iron Age. Book jacket.