Killed in the arena by tigers or killed by a hammer on the beat of another fighter, they died to entertain the bloodthirsty crowds. Such a wild spectacle is mainly associated with ancient Rome, but historians believe that they discovered a whole gladiatorial cemetery in the north of England.
Archaeologists discovered excavations 2000 years ago, nearly 80 young people, mutilated by horrific injuries, when they excavated the residential area of York.
Excavations: Kurt Hunter-Mann, right, field officer at the York Archaeological Trust, examines the skeleton found on the site in York
Buried: the site can be part of the worlds, only the well-preserved Roman gladiatorial graveyard
Their discovery initially puzzled experts who believed that men could be victims of mass murder.
But the team of archaeologists and forensic writers of Woking-Dead seems to have solved this riddle.
They claim that men’s injuries, including many decapitations and an obvious bite in one skeleton, say they were gladiators who met the bloody end.
The documentary on Channel 4 aims to recreate the world of the gladiator in Roman Britain
Like the fighters portrayed by Russell Crowe in the movie “Gladiator”, they were expected to fight to the death.
Some skeletons showed cured wounds from the arms, and one had a large bite mark that matched the size of the tooth of the cutter or lion or tiger.
All individuals are described as strong and tall. Their skeletons show signs that they were heavily muscled from learning weapons.
Bloody sport: the Romans brought a gladiatorial fight to the UK almost 2000 years ago
Discovery: historians believe that the gladiators fought in the north of England
Forensic anthropology teacher Dr. Michael Visotsky said: The presence of bite marks is one of the strongest evidence pointing to the connection of the arena. It would seem unlikely that this man was attacked by a tiger when he was returning home from a pub in York 2000 years ago.
The exploration of the teams should be shown in the documentary Channel 4, which aims to recreate the world of the gladiator in Roman Britain.
Historians believe that excavations are only a well-preserved gladiatorial cemetery.
Roman Britain: historians believe that men in the north of England will fight in gladiator-style battles, as depicted by Russell Crowe, on the left, in the movie Gladiator
The Romans brought a gladiatorial battle to England almost 2,000 years ago, and also built arenas and amphitheatres in important Roman cities, including London and Chester.
The remains in York date back to the end of the first century of our era until the fourth century, when the Roman government collapsed in Britain.
Kurt Hunter-Mann of the York Archaeological Society said that people received many injuries, including hammer blows to the head – a known method for a gladiator to send an opponent.
Cemetery of the gladiators: Forensic anthropologist Dr. Michael Visotsky examines the bones found on the site in York
Gladiators are ready! The skull found on the site in York is shown in the documentary Channel 4
An analysis of their bones showed that they came from all over the Empire, including Africa and the Mediterranean, suggesting that the Romans imported skilled fighters.
Many were buried with honors, which, according to researchers, show that they created a fearsome reputation. The skeleton of one fighter between the ages of 18 and 23 was found with the remains of four horses, as well as some cows and pigs.
Gladiators: “Back from the Dead” should be shown on Channel 4 on Monday, June 14, at 21:00.