Celtic Briton Gladiator York (250 AD) ….. 7.05 – 6DRIF-22 Culture: Roman

York (Eboracum) in the North of England, founded around AD 71, was an important military base and major urban settlement, which became the northernmost of the Roman provincial capitals in the early third century AD. Despite its relatively peripheral location, archaeological and historical evidence attests the citys extensive connections throughout the Empire through the movement of people and goods. As typical for the Roman period, the cemeteries of York were located outside the settlement area, lining the roads leading away from the town. 82 skeletons were recovered from 13 and 6 Driffield Terrace. The burials followed no specific alignment and there was some intercutting of graves, indicating that the burials had occurred over a period of time between the 1st and 4th centuries AD. A majority of these bodies had been decapitated.

Images of the digsite and skeletons can be seen here.

Injuries: Penetrating injury to left occipital; Stab to neck; Lamellar bone on L & R ribs 11 & 12; Caries; Abscess; Cyst in left femur; Joint disease; Cribra orbitalia; Maxillary sinusitis; Additional thoracic vertebra; Ivory osteoma; AMTL; Calculus; PD