Headless gladiator mystery continues

Archaeologists are still debating the meaning of the burial of 46 decapitated men in a Roman cemetery in northern England. The remains, most of which originiated from far-flung localities, were buried with honor in a prestigious cemetery.

Since gladiatorial games were a major part of Roman life in the area, experts believe the men were gladiators whose competitive life had come to an end. In all, 80 skeletons were found, and all were relatively young, muscular men.