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Roman boxing gloves were discovered in England

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Roman boxing gloves were discovered in England
Roman boxing gloves were discovered in England

In 2018, leather belts dating back to CE 120 were discovered near Hadrian’s Wall, which served as boxing gloves in ancient times. As it turns out, these are the only surviving objects of this type, despite the fact that, as evidenced by Roman mosaics, frescoes and sculptures, sports in ancient Rome were popular.

The exposed leather straps were wrapped around the fist to cover the knuckles well. The leather straps inside were filled with a naturally soft material that absorbed impacts. Scientists have tried on surviving Roman “gloves” and, despite being nearly two thousand years old, they still fit perfectly in the hand.

The discovery took place in the Roman cavalry barracks, which in turn were excavated last year near the Vindolanda camp. The amazing finds are in such good condition because for centuries they were under the concrete floor that the Romans laid about 30 years after leaving the barracks. The lack of oxygen prevented the wood and leather from deteriorating. The finds will be on display at the local museum in Vindolanda.

In the Roman army, boxing was promoted to enhance the character, strength and endurance of soldiers.

A drawing showing fist fighting in ancient times.
Historical Picture Archive/Corbis via Getty Images

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