Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Headless Romans in England

headless romans

Archaeologists say that the headless skeletons from the English cemetery holds proof that the victims lost their heads a long way from home.

The 80 skeletons were found in burial grounds used by the Romans during the second and third centuries A.D. Almost all are males, and more than half of them had been decapitated, although many were buried with their detached heads.

In a new study of the ancient bones, Gundula Müldner of the University of Reading in the U.K. says the "headless Romans" likely came from as far away as Eastern Europe, and previous evidence of combat scars suggests that the men led violent lives.

"The headless Romans are very different than other people from York. They have come from all over the place. Some of them are quite exotic."


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