jueves, 4 de diciembre de 2014

Shackled individuals found in Gallo-Roman cemetery in southwest France

A team of archaeologists conducted an excavation on a building plot in southwest France, where they had located the potential for a burial ground in 2013. This year, between September and November they discovered hundreds of Gallo-Roman graves, with some individuals showing evidence of shackling.
The site is located approximately 250m to the west of the amphitheatre of Saintes, and seems to be part of an important Gallo-Roman necropolis. The excavation revealed several double burials, and a multiple burial pit, measuring 2 m x 1.30 m, containing five people, including two children and two young women.
Almost all of the excavated burials yielded no grave goods. The one notable exception is the burial of a young child in which vases dated to the second half of the 2nd century AD were deposited. This burial, also contained two coins, placed on the eyes of the child. The funerary practice for this grave is very different from those observed from the other burials identified at this site.
The archaeologists have found that four adults had shackles on their left ankle, while the fourth also had a ‘bondage collar’ or yoke around the neck. A child also had a more rudimentary riveted object around his left wrist. Further research will be carried out to determine the status of these individuals, their origin and causes of death, and how they might relate to the other people buried within this graveyard.

Source: Past Horizons: http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/12/2014/shackled-individuals-found-in-gallo-roman-cemetery-in-southwest-france

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