This Device Unearthed an Ancient Gladiator School (Video)
Electronic scanners at Vienna's Ludvig Boltzmann Institute are revolutionizing archaeological exploration. These advanced devices cover vast areas efficiently, eliminating the need for laborious and costly excavations. Magnetometers, attuned to Earth's magnetic field, detect subtle variations indicative of disturbances beneath the surface. This raw data, pinpointed with GPS precision, forms the foundation for a comprehensive three-dimensional map. Ground-penetrating radar delves deeper, unveiling the layout of structures and foundations. The integration of these scans with contemporary aerial photos produces a detailed composite, exposing hidden complexities.
In a recent revelation, the amalgamation of magnetic results and images uncovered the remains of an ancient city just outside Rome. Even more excitingly the team found a circular structure in one building’s courtyard- evidence of an ancient gladiator school. The radar and magnetometer scans, coupled with photographs, brought to light the first complete gladiator school discovered outside of Rome. This technological leap in archaeological methodology holds the promise of unearthing more secrets from the depths of history.
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Top image: Magnetometers helped find a gladiator school. Source: YouTube Screenshot / Smithsonian Channel.