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Animal bones and food remains of the ancient Romans have been found under the Colosseum

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Gaston de Persigny
Gaston de Persigny
Gaston de Persigny - Reporter at The European Times News

A year-long study of the drainage system beneath Rome’s Colosseum revealed bone fragments of bears and big cats. The animals were probably used for fighting or as prey in hunting games in the ancient Roman arena, archaeologists said.

The other finds include more than 50 bronze coins from the late Roman period, as well as a silver coin from around 170-171 commemorating the 10-year reign of Emperor Marcus Aurelius, their statement added.

Seeds from fruits such as figs, grapes and melons, as well as traces of olives and nuts, have also been found in the 2,000-year-old stone amphitheater. They are believed to show what the audience ate during the performances.

The survey, which began in January, involves the clearing of about 70 meters of drainage channels under the Colosseum. It is thought to give more information about the later years of the amphitheater’s existence, before it fell into disuse around 523.

“The discoveries deepen our understanding of the experiences and habits of the people who came to this place during the long days dedicated to the performances,” said Alfonsina Russo, director of the Colosseum Archaeological Park.

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