18th August 2011

Groups going on school trips to York will be thrilled to hear that the remains of more than 80 skeletons, believed to be Roman Gladiators will finally go on display to the general public this summer. The exhibition will showcase six skeletons and other objects unearthed by archaeologists during an excavation that ran between 2004 and 2005 at Driffield Terrace, south west of York city centre. The remains which date back more than 1,800 years display the hallmarks of a brutal set of injuries caused by various weapons, and even from a large unidentifiable animal. They are believed to be those of Gladiators who battled it out with each other and large carnivorous beasts in a Britain that we would hardly recognise.

Hammer blows and bite marks are evident on the unearthed bones in what are according to archaeologist the world’s best preserved gladiatorial relics. The bones also show the tell-tale signs of extreme muscle stress probably due to the extreme training regime suffered by gladiators. The conclusions drawn from burial site are consistent with York’s importance in the Roman world as a provincial and major military base for years of campaigning north of Hadrians’s Wall. The discovery promises to shed new light on life in Roman Britain and is a fascinating exhibition for any school trip to York.

Home to numerous award winning museums and now an excavation site of international importance, York and its surrounding area is an ideal destination for any history school trip. Influenced by Roman, Anglo-Saxon and Viking settlers for over 2000 years, York is a historical city like no other and with it being so close to home, it is the perfect destination for any school trip on a budget. If you would like to find out more about this attention grabbing exhibition and the city of York please contact us for more information on school trips to York.

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