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Gladiator school discovered in Austria

A colossal Roman gladiator school that once stood on the banks of the River Danube has been virtually reconstructed by archaeologists in Vienna.

The remains were discovered at Carnuntum, once the capital of the key Roman province of Pannonia, using innovative non-invasive archaeological techniques such as aerial mapping and ground penetrating lasers.

The area just south of the Danube has been excavated since the 19th Century and over the years archaeologists have found a civilian town, Roman baths and an amphitheater but the gladiator school, thought to rival Rome's Ludus Magnus in size, was only discovered in 2011.

The findings of the 1800-year-old site include a training arena and individual cells for the gladiators.

Now four archaeologists from Austrian institutes as well two from Belgium and Germany, have published their research in Antiquity Journal along with a video depicting what the school would have looked like when it was still standing.

The Roman Empire was thought to have around 100 gladiator grounds although most of these ruins have been destroyed or built over.

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