London Wall skulls show signs of extreme violence

Published on January 23rd, 2014 | by Admin



A collection of 39 skulls found near the London Wall 25 years ago have been reexamined, revealing that they were all victims of violence.

The skulls are believed to have been the victims of Roman soldiers’ practice of “headhunting” – removing the body from the head of enemies as trophies – or even gladiatorial combat, the first discovered in the capital.

“This discovery is hugely exciting,” said Rebecca Redfern, from the Centre for Human Bioarchaeology at the Museum of London. “These remains are completely different from everything else we’ve ever found in Roman London. The levels of violence and the types of violence are very different to what we’ve seen.

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Story: Nick Clark, The Independent | Photo: The Independent

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