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An ancient gladiator school mapped with noninvasive method

News   •   May 20, 2014 12:45 GMT

An ancient gladiator school discovered by archaeologists with, among other methods, MALÅ Imaging Radar Array (MIRA).

Archaeologists have made a virtual reconstruction of a gladiator school discovered on the banks of the River Danube in Austria. The so-called ludus was on a scale to rival the famous ludus magnus, the gladiatorial school behind the Colosseum in Rome.

The remains at Carnuntum were mapped using ground penetrating radar, MALÅ Imaging Radar Array (MIRA), among other methods.

The archaeologists published their findings in the journal Antiquity. The discovery was first reported by the journal Antiquity.

Videoclip at You tube shows the virtual reconstruction. 

Swedish national television sent the story of the ancient city Carnuntum and the gladiator school found there. Approx 5 minutes into the clip it shows how researchers used MALÅ GPR. See the clip at Vetenskapens värld.


Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Archaeological Prospection and Virtual Archaeology led the study team. The mapping efforts at Carnuntum, which is proving to have been a surprisingly large town is expected to continue. 

See success story published in 2011.