Archaeologists map gladiatorial school

Published on March 10th, 2014 | by Sevaan Franks

0
gladiator-school-austria-1_76935_990x742
gladiator-school-austria-1_76935_990x742 A team of archaeologists have used noninvasive technologies to map a gladiatorial school in Austria that dates back to the 2nd century.

"It was a prison; they were prisoners," says Wolfgang Neubauer, an archaeologist at Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Archaeological Prospection and Virtual Archaeology who led the study team. "They lived in cells, in a fortress with only one gate out."

The discovery shows that even outside Rome gladiators were "big business," Neubauer says. At least 80 gladiators, likely more, lived in the large, two-story facility equipped with a practice arena in its central courtyard. The site also included heated floors for winter training, baths, infirmaries, plumbing, and a nearby graveyard.

[Full story] Story: Dan Vergano, National Geographic News | Photo: M. Klein/7Reasons

Tags: , , , ,



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

  • Follow me on Twitter!   Subscribe to my RSS feed!
     
  • Question of the Moment

    Plagues and epidemics have affected mankind since the beginning of time. With the current outbreak of Ebola, should we restrict entry from the effected West African countries to the United States?

    View Results

    Loading ... Loading ...
  • Like us on Facebook

  • Sponsors

  • Random Quote

    History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon. — Napoleon Bonaparte

  • Popular Categories

  • Archives