Gladiators, Expedition Week



Before last year, the only thing we knew about gladiators was what we learned from movies. That changed during a building excavation last June. The Associated Press reported the unearthing of dozens of headless skeletons at a building site  in York, England. They appeared to be gladiators. The remains had bites from large animals such as lions, tigers, and bears and one had animal tooth marks on the hip and shoulder.The bite marks indicate the victims were arena fighters. The skeletons, some of whom were beheaded, were mostly male and were larger and stronger than the typical Roman.  Gladiators were often beheaded as an act of mercy after horrific injuries from animals. They were buried with pottery, animals, etc. as signs of respect. The remains are from the 1st to 4th century A.D. Read about it here: AP

This week is National Geographic Expedition Week,  and tonight, April 5th, from 9:00-10:00 PM, they will present, Gladiators Back From the Dead. The story of the gladiators is based on the archaeologists’ findings. Read more here: National Geographic