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Mary Rose elite archers identified in wreck

Posted on Monday, 19 November, 2012 | Comment icon 4 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


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Researchers have identified the remains of several elite archers within the wreckage of the Mary Rose.

Henry VIII's flagship sank in 1545 during an attack on a Fresh invasion fleet but was raised from the depths in 1982 and put on display. Amongst the plethora of objects and artifacts discovered within the wreckage were up to 100 skeletons. By identifying signs of repetitive strain injury researchers have been able to determine that several of the skeletons belonged to a company of elite archers who would have accompanied the crew on its final voyage.

"We know plenty about the Mary Rose but much less about the people on board," said biochemist Nick Owen. "The archers were the elite but the longbows they used took a toll of their bodies and you can see signs of repetitive stress in the shoulders and lower spine."

"DNA identification has been difficult because they have been contaminated by cockles, molluscs and algae."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by woopypooky on 20 November, 2012, 10:18
how the know the archers are elite? like how they know that t-rex are fierce?
Comment icon #2 Posted by 27vet on 20 November, 2012, 11:51
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.
Comment icon #3 Posted by BaneSilvermoon on 21 November, 2012, 5:37
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
Comment icon #4 Posted by smokeycat on 23 November, 2012, 12:20
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."


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