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Preserved gladiatorial relics are discovered in the suburbs of York

Publié par Clifford Armion le 06/07/2010

David Keys

"Archaeologists investigating an ancient Roman burial site in Britain have identified what may be the world's best preserved remains of gladiators and other arena fighters who entertained audiences through bloody confrontations with wild animals.

"Eighty skeletons have been unearthed at the site in Driffield Terrace, south west of the centre of York, over the past decade. One man appears to have been killed by a large carnivore - almost certainly a lion, tiger or bear. Others have weapon impact damage and many of them have specific features, including marks on their bones, consistent with tough training regimes.

""Our lead theory is that many of these skeletons are those of Roman gladiators and others who died in the arena. So far, a number of pieces of evidence point towards that interpretation or are consistent with it," said the archaeologist leading the investigation, Kurt Hunter-Mann of York Archaeological Trust."

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"Preserved gladiatorial relics are discovered in the suburbs of York", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), juillet 2010. Consulté le 14/04/2021. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/preserved-gladiatorial-relics-are-discovered-in-the-suburbs-of-york