|ludus in Carnuntum - Reconstruction by LBIArchPro |
(© M.Klein / 7reasons)
At Roman Carnuntum, one of the largest preserved archaeological landscapes of its type in Europe, the team of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Arcaheological prospection and Virtaula Archaeology (LBIArchPro) used a novel motorized multi-antenna ground penetrating radar to explore interesting features identified on aerial photographs. The suspicious area lay to the west of the amphitheatre, which was built in the first half of the second century AD and excavated from 1923 to 1930. Following survey of this area archaeologists were astounded when the new sensors revealed an extensive building complex interpreted as a school for gladiators (ludus). The Roman amphitheatre at Carnuntum held around 13000 spectators and contemporary inscriptions claimed that it was the fourth largest amphitheatre in the Roman Empire and frequently used for gladiatorial games. Despite the extensive excavations surrounding the amphitheatre the area that contained the school of gladiators attracted little attention. Recent analysis of aerial photographs hinted at the existence of a large building west of the amphitheatre.
Detailed images produced by radar give remarkable details of this building complex, which from its ground plan can be identified as the gladiatorial school. Its massive compound enclosed an area of 2800 m² and set at the eastern end of a 11000 m² land parcel surrounded by a wall. In scale the new detected ludus is comparable to the ludus magnus, the great School of Gladiators behind the coliseum (amphitheatrum flavium) in Rome.
|Gladiatores in Carnuntum 2010 |
(Foto Max Timchenko [CC BY-NC-SA 2.0] bei flickr)
The archaeologists believe that they have also located the gladiators’ cemetery, immediately behind a building associated with large grave monuments, stone sarcophagi and other, simpler, graves.
The sensational image of the newly discovered School of Gladiators, provided by this new technology, is so complete that it has allowed the LBI-ArchPro team to digitally recreate this unique find without digging. The result can be explored by the software Wikitude World Browser, an augmented reality application which visualizes the school of gladiators on your ipad, android, blackberry or symbian device right on site.
German text, here at Archaeologik