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Mary Rose crew 'was ethnically diverse'

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The crew on board the sunken Henry VIII ship the Mary Rose was from the Mediterranean, North Africa and beyond, researchers have found.

Bone structure and DNA of 10 skeletons found on board were analysed by team at Cardiff and Portsmouth universities.

They said four of the skeletons were of southern European heritage, and one seems to have hailed from Morocco or Algeria.

The findings cast fresh light on the ethnic makeup of Tudor Britain.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-47572089

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Piney

Sailors have been "ethnically diverse" since recorded history. They are nomads always looking for a better job or a interesting place to visit. Phoenician and Roman crews were made up of Gauls, Iberians, Egyptians, North Africans, Greeks, Italics and Etruscans. I'd imagine there would be a quite few Britons there too considering they stopped there for tin. 

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