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World's Best Preserved Gladiator Graveyard

Postby Waleis » Mon Jun 07, 2010 10:25 am

80 gladiators found in York, England dated to 1800 years ago.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2010/ ... -graveyard
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Re: World's Best Preserved Gladiator Graveyard

Postby Apxeogyg » Thu Jun 10, 2010 9:40 am

Skeletons with lion bites. That is not something you would expect to find in York.
This paragraph struck me.
York appears to have held major arena events until as late as the fourth century AD, avoiding the decline into the spectacle known as Venatio, or the hunt, which saw cash-starved provincial governors provide deer and even rabbits in place of the exotic beasts associated with gladiator spectaculars.

Barring something like the Holy Grail rabbit, I can't imagine that went over well with the crowd :?
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Re: World's Best Preserved Gladiator Graveyard

Postby DBTrek » Thu Jun 10, 2010 10:18 am

Awesome find!

Of course, we're assuming that wild, roaming, British lions didn't chew on these people after they died.

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Re: World's Best Preserved Gladiator Graveyard

Postby Waleis » Thu Jun 10, 2010 3:22 pm

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