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    Gladiator Graveyard in Ephesus. Here is where contestants were buried, right outside the arena. Fabian Kanz of Austrian Arch Inst. & Karl Grosschmidt from Medical Univ of Vienna, analyzed injuries of 67 gladiators. All were buried in A.D. 2 in Ephesus, Turkey, (part of Roman Empire).Using microscope analysis & CT scans, they saw how the gladiators were wounded.Wounds that occur at or near death show lack of healing and fractures from fresh bone breaks.All but 1 had only 1 wound causing death

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