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Shackled skeletons found in Gallo-Roman cemetery

A rescue excavation by a team of archaeologists from Inrap revealed hundreds of Gallo-Roman graves on a proposed building site in southwestern France.

Shackled skeletons found in Gallo-Roman cemetery
Detail view of burial 2073 with iron bondage collar 
[Credit: © Frédéric Méténier, Inrap 2014]
The site is located approximately 250m west of the amphitheatre of Saintes, and seems to be part of an important Gallo-Roman necropolis.

The excavation revealed several double burials, and a multiple burial pit, measuring 2 m x 1.30 m, containing five people, including two children and two young women.

Shackled skeletons found in Gallo-Roman cemetery
Burial 2073. This male was shackled around the neck and right ankle 
[Credit: © Frédéric Méténier, Inrap 2014]
Shackled skeletons found in Gallo-Roman cemetery
Burial 2055. This male was shackled around the left ankle 
[Credit: © Frédéric Méténier, Inrap 2014]
Almost all of the excavated burials yielded no grave goods. The only notable exception is the burial of a young child in which vases dated to the second half of the 2nd century AD were deposited. The discovery of two coins placed on the eyes of the child also made this burial unique in comparison to the others found on the site.

Shackled skeletons found in Gallo-Roman cemetery
Burial 2094. Multiple burial containing five individuals 
[Credit: © Frédéric Méténier, Inrap 2014]
The archaeologists have found that four adults had iron shackles (described as hot riveted devices) on their left ankle, while the fourth also had a ‘bondage collar’ or yoke around the neck. A child also had a more rudimentary riveted object around his left wrist.

Further research will be carried out to determine the status of these individuals, their origin and likely causes of death.

Source: Inrap [December 03, 2014]
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  1. Since there were no grAVE goods discovered with these skeletons and there were shackles, most likely they were slaves.

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