Remains of elite archers identified on the Mary Rose shipwreck

Published on November 26th, 2012 | by Sevaan Franks

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Researchers have identified a company of elite archers that perished aboard the Mary Rose by looking for evidence of repetitive strain in their shoulders and spines.

Alexzandra Hildred, the curator of ordnance at the Mary Rose Trust, has said the injuries could be the result of “shooting heavy longbows regularly”.

“Many of the skeletons recovered show evidence of repetitive stress injuries of the shoulder and lower spine,” she said.

“Being able to quantify the stresses and their effect on the skeleton may enable us at last to isolate an elite group of professional archers from the ship.”

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Story: Andrew Hough, The Telegraph | Photo: PA/ALAMY

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