How crazy do you have to be about gambling to have your nearest and dearest inter you at the racetrack? Archaeologists excavating the ancient Roman racing course in the North African city of Carthage have found a burial in the heart of the spectator section in the bleachers around 1,500 years ago.You can't take it with you, but you can try to stay.
Whether or not the deceased was a dice-crazed adult remains to be seen, but the choice of venue was certainly striking.
The article includes some information on curse tablets (intended to influence the races) and on ancient gambling. It also reports on some older, Punic, remains found at the site.
I noted another story on the archaeology of the Carthage Circus here.
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