80 exotic, beheaded skeletons were recently unearthed in an ancient English cemetery, and according to archaeologists, “the victims lost their heads a long way from home.” Of these 80 skeletons, almost all were male, and the majority were either buried with no head or buried next to their decapitated skull. Archaeologists have now discovered that these ancient burial grounds were used by the Romans in the 2nd and 3rd centuries, A.D. According to one U.K. archaeologist, these skeletons are quite different physically from the people of ancient York, then called Eboracum. Using isotope science, the archaeologists were able to discover that, out of eighteen of these skeletons that were tested on, only five were originally from York, and the other thirteen had diets including plants that were not cultivated in England at the time. Several theories have developed as to why these exotic skeletons were in Rome at the time. One study shows that they may have been soldiers of a distant land, slain by Roman soldiers at the garrison in York. Another suggests that they may have been imported gladiators, and tooth marks from a large carnivore on one skeleton may have been from a gladiatorial lion or bear. Whatever the answer may be, it will require further forensic studies and bone analysis, and maybe then the truth of these exotic skeletons will be revealed.
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