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Monday, 7 June 2010

Possible Roman gladiator remains found in York

The mystery of 1,800-year-old remains unearthed in York may have been solved thanks to bite and hammer marks on their decapitated skulls.

Archaeologists have exhumed 80 skeletons from gardens at Driffield Terrace over the past decade.

The results of forensic work on the skeletons suggests they may be part of the world's only well-preserved Roman gladiator cemetery.

Marks on the remains suggest some individuals died in a violent manner.

The research features in a Channel 4 documentary, Gladiators: Back from the Dead.

For more on this story visit the BBC news webpage

Posted by D.Drake

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