Geophysical imaging reveals Wars of the Roses grave pits

Published on March 25th, 2011 | by Admin

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An archaeologist in England has used geophysical imagery to located several grave pits containing the remains of soldiers killing during the Wars of the Roses 500 years ago.

It was one of the biggest and probably the bloodiest battle ever fought on British soil. Such was its ferocity almost 1 per cent of the English population was wiped out in a single day. Yet mention the Battle of Towton to most people and you would probably get a blank stare.

Next week marks the 550th anniversary of the engagement that changed the course of the Wars of the Roses. It is estimated that between 50,000 and 80,000 soldiers took part in the battle in 1461 between the Houses of York and Lancaster for control of the English throne. An estimated 28,000 men are said to have lost their lives.

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Story: Paul Bignell, The Independent | Photo: Getty Images

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