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Gladiator Training Prison Discovered

26 February 2014 1:30 pm
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Virtual reconstruction of the training school viewed from the south.

© Michael Klein

Virtual reconstruction of the training school viewed from the south.

Gladiators had it rough. In addition to living a life of combat and bloodshed, archaeologists are finding that they were imprisoned in training schools, too. A study published online yesterday in Antiquity describes the discovery of a fortress near Vienna, with a practice arena, small cells to sleep in, and an infirmary. The facility was mapped with noninvasive earth-sensing technologies and had only one exit, according to National Geographic. There’s also a video overview of the facility.

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