Skeletons May Have Been Gladiators

YORK, England, June 7 (UPI) — An estimated 80 corpses found in York, England, may have been gladiators brought from the Mediterranean to entertain the ruling Romans, officials said.

Almost all of the corpses were robust young men with one arm stronger than the other, a sign they were trained from an early age to use large weapons, the Daily Telegraph reported Monday.


Many of the skeletons, found beneath the garden of an 18th century mansion, had injuries consistent with gladiatorial combat, including hammer blows to the skull and large bite marks that could have come from lions, tigers or bears, forensic scientists said.

The scientists dated the men’s deaths to between the late first and fourth centuries AD, the Independent reported Monday.

“These are internationally important discoveries. We don’t have any other potential gladiator cemeteries with this level of preservation anywhere else in the world,” said Michael Wysocki, an anthropologist at the University of Central Lancashire.

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