Wednesday, October 08, 2003

Archaeology Update

The remains of 185 German soldiers who died in World War II, some of them probably from the 49th Mountain Division, have been found in the Caucasus near the site of a German field hospital. This marks the deepest penetration of German forces during the war, according to historian Anthony Beevor.

In an exciting find (and here) from Roman times, when Spain was an important province of the Empire, archaeologists have discovered what may be the largest amphitheatre in Europe outside of the Coliseum itself. 20 tombstones of gladiators were also found and inscriptions referring to a gladiator training school. The remains of the amphitheatre were apparently discovered during construction of a parking lot at the University of Veterinary Science in Cordoba, and further excavations are planned.

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