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Study of Mary Rose skeletons shows archery took a toll on the body

Researchers examining the skeletons of archers found on the sunken Mary Rose have found that the heavy longbows physically affected them in dramatic ways.

“It is known that archers were on board as ‘arm guards’ that they used were found. But they don’t know which skeletons they would be.

“So we are analysing the lower arm bones as those are the ones that are likely to show a difference,” he said.

“In fact, on one of the skeletons we have looked at, the surface area of the joint between the lower arm and elbow is 48% larger than on the joint on the other arm.”

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Story: Novinite | Photo: BGNE

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