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Headless Romans

Postby finnobreanan on Tue Feb 02, 2010 6:41 pm

PBS had in interesting program on last night here in America, "Headless Romans" on "Secrets of the Dead". I had to tape it (past my bedtime!), but it concerns a recent discovery in York and the skeletal remains of a group of Romans who were decapitated.
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/secrets/previou ... index.html
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Re: Headless Romans

Postby Billy on Wed Feb 03, 2010 1:20 am

A friend of mine has a museum in Germany, and showed me a recent acquisition of his, a celtic trophy head with a big iron hail through it. It was clearly hung up for display by some proud Suessionian.

Could be a Roman from the Roman attack on Noviodunum in 57bc, or at least from around that time.

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Re: Headless Romans

Postby finnobreanan on Wed Feb 03, 2010 2:35 pm

Well, I watched the taped show last night.
Spoiler Allert!
It appears to be "Rome on Rome" executions, with Emperor Lucius Septimius Severus, consolidating power and executing possible non-supporters. Interesting stuff.
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Re: Headless Romans

Postby Nerva on Thu Feb 04, 2010 9:55 pm

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Re: Headless Romans

Postby finnobreanan on Tue Jun 08, 2010 5:29 pm

Latest news from this site suggests that they were gladiators:
http://news.discovery.com/archaeology/r ... -york.html
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