Close
Enter your search into one or more of the boxes below:
You can refine your search by selecting from any of the options below:
Search
Your Shopping Basket
Total number of items: 0
Sub total: £0.00
Go to Checkout
Our Birmingham Shop
Our Bristol Shop
Animators Survival Kit

'Gladiator cemetery' found in York

7th June 2010

What is believed to be one of the world's best preserved gladiator cemeteries has been found in York.

Archaeologists have been examining around 80 skeletons discovered beneath the garden of a former 18th century mansion in the city and believe they could be the remains of gladiators from the Roman era.

The skeletons, which were unearthed in 2004, were originally thought to be those of soldiers who were executed during the coup of Emperor Severus' traitorous son Caracalla in 211.

However, forensic analysis has led experts from the York Archaeological Trust to conclude the remains are those of gladiators who fought in an undiscovered amphitheatre in the area.

The skeletons have injuries consistent with close combat, while some have been killed by a hammer blow to the head. One also sports the bite of a large carnivore - possibly a lion, tiger or bear.

Dr Michael Wysocki, senior lecturer in forensic anthropology and archaeology at the University of Central Lancashire, commented: 'These are internationally important discoveries. We don't have any other potential gladiator cemeteries with this level of preservation anywhere else in the world.'

Earlier this year, bestselling children's writer Caroline Lawrence lent her support to the Colchester Roman Circus Appeal, which is attempting to save the only known Roman chariot racing circuit in Britain from development.

Latest Blog
The Lost City of Z and other Explorers' Tales
23/03/2017

As the film is released of The Lost City of Z, we take a look at other Explorers' Tales.

Sally Emerson Relives Her Life
21/03/2017

Are the novels Fire Child and Heat still shocking? They certainly are, says their author Sally Emerson, six of whose novels are being republished this year.

How Eating Well can lead to Living Better
20/03/2017

Myles Hopper describes how and why the pair became preoccupied with healthy eating.

View all Blog Entries
Twitter
Show/Hide Tweets
© W&G Foyle Ltd