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Mary Rose shipwreck: Elite archers identified

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Researchers have identified the elite archers who died alongside sailors on Henry VIII's flagship, due to evidence of repetitive strain in their shoulders and spines.

The ship sank off Spithead in The Solent in 1545, while leading an attack on a French invasion fleet in 1545 and stayed on the seabed until it was raised in 1982 and put on public display.

Over the past two years, scientists from the University of Swansea have been working to identify almost 100 skeletons kept at the Mary Rose Museum, in Portsmouth.

http://www.telegraph...ers-by-RSI.html

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how the know the archers are elite?

like how they know that t-rex are fierce?

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Previous studies have shown that they lived off a diet of salt beef and biscuits. Their diet also included flour, oatmeal, suet, cheese, dried pork, beer and salted cod.
Maybe the diet contributed to the stress injuries.

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how the know the archers are elite?

like how they know that t-rex are fierce?

The English Longbow, more than any other weapon of its time, was ... from among the best archers in England, the archer units were an elite group of infantry

http://www.archers.o...ry&page=longbow

Edited by BaneSilvermoon

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how the know the archers are elite?

You probably needed a lot of training/skill to use a 6ft 6in Longbow.

They were 6ft 2in or 6ft 3in, and strapping individuals," Mr Owen said.

"A longbow was 6ft 6in and made from a particular part of a yew tree to generate incredibly efficient 'spring'.

"It was mega hi-tech, and it gave England and Wales military superiority. These archers were the elite athletes of their day."

Edited by smokeycat

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