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The Discovery of a Mass Grave Could Change Roman History

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The Discovery of a Mass Grave Could Change Roman History

The skeletons appear to be from gladiators.

A mass grave in Northern Britain was found to contain the skeletons of young men, all of fighting age. But they are not soldiers, and many were decapitated, with their skulls buried alongside them. Archaeologists believe that it is a cemetery of gladiators. But if they are correct, it would rewrite the history of the Roman in Britain. The archaeological teams found that the skeletons all showed signs of hard and ferocious combat. The men were beheaded by heavy blows from sharp weapons, like a sword or an ax. The burial ground is unlike any other in Britain, but it is almost identical to one almost 2,000 miles away in Turkey. The graveyard in Turkey, located near a theater that could accommodate 25,000 people, held bodies that had been savagely executed, and ancient tombstones revealed they were gladiators. The similarities between the two graveyards are too similar to be a coincidence.  :snip:  Read the full story at Smithsonian Magazine  http://www.realclearlife.com/daily-brief/discovery-mass-grave-change-roman-history/

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