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Headless Gladiator, Laser Beam Discovery, and Ancient Factory [history]

History roundup (image by David Paul Ohmer)

I haven’t done a history post in a while and wanted to share a few interesting things I’ve seen lately. The first is a possible Roman gladiator cemetery found in England. Not just one but quite a few skeletons and artifacts was found. As reported by CNN:

“One of the most significant items of evidence is a large carnivore bite mark – probably inflicted by a lion, tiger or bear — an injury which must have been sustained in an arena context, ” said Kurt Hunter-Mann, the lead archeologist on the dig.

Now the pull quote from this whole article has to be this…

“It would seem highly unlikely that this individual was attacked by a tiger as he was walking home from the pub in York 2,000 years ago,” he said.

Well you never know – life was harsh in those days. Also mentioned is a grave of tall man between 18 – 23 years of age, buried who had been decapitated by several sword blows to the neck.

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