Story of ‘gladiator’ will be told centuries after battle

The story of the Yorkshire Museum’s own possible gladiator, whose skeleton was found under the museum during excavation work, is to be told at an event.

There is a chance to delve into the world of York’s very own gladiators, enjoy an Italian buffet then watch Russell Crowe do battle on the big screen at a special evening of Roman entertainment at the museum in York.

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Curators at the museum will also tell the story of a Roman skeleton found under the museum in 2010 during building work. Following analysis by experts from York Osteoarchaeology Ltd it was revealed that the skeleton was of a middle-aged adult male, aged between 36 and 45 .

Natalie McCaul, curator of archaeology, said: “It is often forgotten that gladiators lived, fought and died right here in York for hundreds of years during the Roman occupation. There are theories that the amphitheatre in which they would do battle was actually somewhere in the grounds of York Museum Gardens where the museum now stands.”

Tickets for the event on November 21 cost £15, including buffet. Call 01904 687671 to book.