Archaeologists map gladiatorial school

Published on March 10th, 2014 | by Sevaan Franks

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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.

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

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