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An old sports fan is buried next to a copper pot, pictured, with the face of a wrestler with a crooked, broken nose, archaeologists have reported

An old sports fan is buried next to a copper pot with the face of a wrestler with a crooked, broken nose, archaeologists have reported.

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The remains and the artifact – dating back to 1800 years ago – were excavated in modern Bulgaria, in what was once the Roman province of Thrace.

They were dug up from a stone grave in a large burial mound that experts think belonged to an aristocratic Thracian family.

The wrestler is depicted with a goatee and – unlike earlier, similar finds – wears a cap made of a panther or leopard skin, complete with nostrils, ears and teeth.

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An old sports fan is buried next to a copper pot, pictured, with the face of a wrestler with a crooked, broken nose, archaeologists have reported

An old sports fan is buried next to a copper pot, pictured, with the face of a wrestler with a crooked, broken nose, archaeologists have reported

The 1800-year-old remains and artifact were dug up in modern Bulgaria, in what was once the Roman province of Thrace. They were dug up from a stone grave in a large burial mound that experts think belonged to an aristocratic Thracian family
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The 1800-year-old remains and artifact were dug up in modern Bulgaria, in what was once the Roman province of Thrace. They were dug up from a stone grave in a large burial mound that experts think belonged to an aristocratic Thracian family

The 1800-year-old remains and artifact were dug up in modern Bulgaria, in what was once the Roman province of Thrace. They were dug up from a stone grave in a large burial mound that experts think belonged to an aristocratic Thracian family

Archaeologist Daniela Agre of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and colleagues have dug up the skeleton in the Kral Mezar tumulus or burial mound, located near the village of Boyanovo, in southeast Bulgaria.

When the remains were buried about 1800 years ago, the site was in the Roman province of Thrace.

The tumulus itself was approximately 98 feet (30 meters) in diameter and 10 feet (3 meters) high before it was excavated and contained three individual burial structures – a sarcophagus, a grave and a grave made of bricks.

The man in the stone grave – the owner of the jug – would have been around 35-40 years old at the time of his death, archaeologists estimate.

& # 39; In our opinion, the grave is of a Thracian aristocrat, who practiced sport in his daily life, rather than a professional athlete, & # 39; Dr. told Agre Live Science.

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& # 39; We think the tumulus was used as a family necropolis and the deceased was a part of this family. & # 39;

In addition to the sports theme jar, the Thracian was also buried with various objects, including a coin from Emperor Caracalla, two pairs of shoes and a glass flask.

According to the researchers, the pot is probably a so-called balsamarium.

These are, they declare, & # 39; containers for balm, perfumes, and aromatic oils related to bathing and sports in the palaestra & # 39; what & # 39; an outdoor space in a bath facility & # 39; is.

Although no remains of the former contents of the balsamarium have been preserved in the funeral, this hypothesis is supported by the discovery of a strigil that accompanies the pot.

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Strigils were curved, knife-like tools that were used in both Greek and Roman culture to scrape dirt, oil, and perspiration from the body before bathing.

Usually used by male athletes, soldiers and the rich, strigils were both practically and culturally important and are often buried in graves and graves.

Although no remains of the former contents of the jar were preserved, a strigil, depicted in this sketch, was found with the jar. Strigils were curved, knife-like tools that were used in both Greek and Roman culture to scrape dirt, oil, and perspiration from the body before bathing

Although no remains of the former contents of the jar were preserved, a strigil, depicted in this sketch, was found with the jar. Strigils were curved, knife-like tools that were used in both Greek and Roman culture to scrape dirt, oil, and perspiration from the body before bathing

Although no remains of the former contents of the jar were preserved, a strigil, depicted in this sketch, was found with the jar. Strigils were curved, knife-like tools that were used in both Greek and Roman culture to scrape dirt, oil, and perspiration from the body before bathing

The wrestler is depicted with a goatee and - unlike earlier, similar finds - wears a cap made of a leopard or leopard skin, complete with nostrils, ears and teeth

The wrestler is depicted with a goatee and - unlike earlier, similar finds - wears a cap made of a leopard or leopard skin, complete with nostrils, ears and teeth

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The wrestler is depicted with a goatee and – unlike earlier, similar finds – wears a cap made of a leopard or leopard skin, complete with nostrils, ears and teeth

The man in the brick grave - the owner of the jug - would have been around 35-40 years old at the time of his death, archaeologists estimate

The man in the brick grave - the owner of the jug - would have been around 35-40 years old at the time of his death, archaeologists estimate

The man in the brick grave – the owner of the jug – would have been around 35-40 years old at the time of his death, archaeologists estimate

& # 39; Anthropomorphic blood vessels shaped as human busts or heads were very popular in the Roman Empire, especially among the inhabitants of the Roman provinces of Moesia and Thrace, & # 39; the researchers wrote.

Images of athletes on such ships were relatively rare – compared to those of gods, foreign figures and Antinous, the young lover of Emperor Hadrian – they explained in their article.

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Nevertheless, five barrels have been found that are similar to the newly discovered pot – each with a snug cap and a broken nose, which archaeologists have interpreted as being representative of a wrestler or boxers.

However, the new kit distinguishes itself from previous finds by replacing the leather cap with a cap made from the skin of a large cat – presumably a panther or leopard – complete with eyes, nostrils, fur and teeth.

The animal's ears form the lips to which the handles of the jar are attached, replacing the stylized strands of hair that are common on the previously found barrels.

Nevertheless, five barrels have been found that are similar to the newly discovered pot - each with a snug cap and a broken nose, which archaeologists have interpreted as being representative of a wrestler or boxers

Nevertheless, five barrels have been found that are similar to the newly discovered pot - each with a snug cap and a broken nose, which archaeologists have interpreted as being representative of a wrestler or boxers

Nevertheless, five barrels have been found that are similar to the newly discovered pot – each with a snug cap and a broken nose, which archaeologists have interpreted as being representative of a wrestler or boxers

In addition to the sports theme jar, the Thracian was also buried with various objects, including a coin from Emperor Caracalla, two pairs of shoes and a glass flask

In addition to the sports theme jar, the Thracian was also buried with various objects, including a coin from Emperor Caracalla, two pairs of shoes and a glass flask

In addition to the sports theme jar, the Thracian was also buried with various objects, including a coin from Emperor Caracalla, two pairs of shoes and a glass flask

The tumulus itself was approximately 98 feet (30 meters) in diameter and 10 feet (3 meters) high before being excavated and contained three individual burial structures - a sarcophagus, a grave and a grave made of bricks

The tumulus itself was approximately 98 feet (30 meters) in diameter and 10 feet (3 meters) high before being excavated and contained three individual burial structures - a sarcophagus, a grave and a grave made of bricks

The tumulus itself was approximately 98 feet (30 meters) in diameter and 10 feet (3 meters) high before being excavated and contained three individual burial structures – a sarcophagus, a grave and a grave made of bricks

& # 39; The presence of such an impressive cap can be explained as an allusion to the skin of the Nemean Lion, a well-known trait of Hercules, whose cult was especially popular in the second century AD & # 39 ;, wrote the researchers.

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According to Greek mythology, the terrible lion with its impenetrable fur and claws was jawed and strangled like sheets by Hercules, who skinned and wore his coat.

& # 39; It is likely that the skin of a primitive cat was intended to suggest the athlete's resemblance to Hercules and in this way to indicate the athlete's heroic power and courage. & # 39;

& # 39; The presence of such an impressive cap can be explained as an allusion to the skin of the Nemean Lion, a well-known trait of Hercules, whose cult was especially popular in the second century AD & # 39 ;, wrote the researchers. Pictured, a sculpture by Hercules

& # 39; The presence of such an impressive cap can be explained as an allusion to the skin of the Nemean Lion, a well-known trait of Hercules, whose cult was especially popular in the second century AD & # 39 ;, wrote the researchers. Pictured, a sculpture by Hercules

& # 39; The presence of such an impressive cap can be explained as an allusion to the skin of the Nemean Lion, a well-known trait of Hercules, whose cult was especially popular in the second century AD & # 39 ;, wrote the researchers. Pictured, a sculpture by Hercules

& # 39; It is likely that the skin of a primitive cat was intended to suggest the athlete's resemblance to Hercules and in this way to indicate the heroic power and courage of the athlete & # 39;

& # 39; It is likely that the skin of a primitive cat was intended to suggest the athlete's resemblance to Hercules and in this way to indicate the heroic power and courage of the athlete & # 39;

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& # 39; It is likely that the skin of a primitive cat was intended to suggest the athlete's resemblance to Hercules and in this way to indicate the heroic power and courage of the athlete & # 39;

Based on the wear of the cams and the fact that the handle appears to have been replaced, the team concludes that the balsamarium has seen 20-25 years of use before it was buried with the owner.

The composition of the pot suggests that it was made in Western Europe, possibly in one of the workshops near what is now Autun or Lyon in France.

The full findings of the study were published in the American Journal of Archeology.

Archaeologist Daniela Agre of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and colleagues have dug up the skeleton in the Kral Mezar tumulus or burial mound, located near the village of Boyanovo, in southeast Bulgaria.

Archaeologist Daniela Agre of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and colleagues have dug up the skeleton in the Kral Mezar tumulus or burial mound, located near the village of Boyanovo, in southeast Bulgaria.

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Archaeologist Daniela Agre of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and colleagues have dug up the skeleton in the Kral Mezar tumulus or burial mound, located near the village of Boyanovo, in southeast Bulgaria.

WHY HAVE ROMANS BUILD FOUNTAINS AND OTHER WATER FUNCTIONS?

From the majesty of their aqueducts and fountains to the socializing and relaxing of the public baths, the Roman obsession with water has long been documented.

For the ancient Romans, water was a gift from the gods and a fundamental element of life, health and hygiene, with each water source protected by its own god or nymph.

Such superstition is an important part of numerous Roman myths, including the water nymph Egeria – lover and wife of Numa Pompilius, one of the seven kings of Rome.

This image shows a reconstruction of a Roman courtyard fountain in Pompeii from the 1st century AD

This image shows a reconstruction of a Roman courtyard fountain in Pompeii from the 1st century AD

This image shows a reconstruction of a Roman courtyard fountain in Pompeii from the 1st century AD

The Roman capital is famous for its many fountains, including those for the Spanish Steps, in Piazza Navona.

Ancient Romans considered water not only as a necessity of life, but also as a thing of beauty.

Private gardens found in remains of the Roman Empire are also filled with water features.

These range from silent puddles of water to simple bubbling basins and extensive layered creations.

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