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“Headless” gladiators have been identified

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"Headless" gladiators have been identified
"Headless" gladiators have been identified | Photo: York Archaeological Trust

The latest skeleton research has revealed a lot of new information about fallen men suspected of fighting in the arena as gladiators. DNA analysis showed that the deceased in childhood were in poor health and trained in the use of weapons.

  • The so-called skeleton number 8: It was a male, aged 26-35. As much as 75% of the remains are in very good condition. There have been significant losses in the dentition. The man was beheaded.
  • A circle of one of the skeletons was found that put another man at 18-27 years of age at the time of death. The man died as a result of decapitation. The cut took place between C2 and C4.
  • Another deceased man died of a severe blow to the head. Scientists have dubbed him “Thracian”.
  • The skull confirmed that the next buried gladiator was 26-35 years old. He was also beheaded. Attempts to treat fractures of the ribs and nose have been reported. Probably suffered from Osgood-Schlatter disease.

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