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Bones of Mary Rose sailors analysed

Raman spectroscopy has been used to analyze the bones of sailors on Henry VIII's flagship, the Mary Rose. The sailors’ bones were analysed with Raman spectroscopy, a pioneering, non-destructive laser technology, to identify evidence of bone disease. The application of Raman spectroscopy to the study of bone diseases in historical populations

Mary Rose crew remains to undergo DNA analysis

Researchers are hoping to uncover the identities of some of the skeletal remains found on board the sunken Mary Rose. Scientists have begun work to extract DNA from the bones that were found on board the Tudor warship when it was raised from the bottom of The Solent 30 years ago. They

USS Monitor sailors honoured in proper burial

Two sailors who went down with the USS Monitor off the coast of North Carolina 140 years ago have finally been laid to rest in a proper burial on Friday. When the turret was brought up, pieces of the sailor's lives came with it. A mismatched pair of shoes gave silent

Neanderthals knew how to sail

Stone tools found on a few Greek islands suggests that Neanderthals were skilled sailors. Neanderthals lived around the Mediterranean from 300,000 years ago. Their distinctive "Mousterian" stone tools are found on the Greek mainland and, intriguingly, have also been found on the Greek islands of Lefkada, Kefalonia and Zakynthos. That could

What it was like in Nelson’s navy (spoilers: not great)

An examination of 340 skeletons has revealed what it was like to be a sailor in Nelson's navy. It was pretty grim. The bones, excavated from sites in Greenwich, Gosport and Plymouth, also found that more than six per cent of sailors in Nelson's navy, were amputees, many of whom died

New identity given to remains of Franklin Expedition sailor

Modern analysis has shown that the remains of a sailor who perished during the ill-fated Franklin Expedition were misidentified in the 19th century. Mays and colleagues re-examined the bones thought to belong to Le Vesconte to estimate the man's age, ancestry and body shape. They concluded he was likely 30 to

18-19th century naval medical records released

The National Archives have release naval doctor's records dating from 1793 to 1880. Among them are described 7ft parasitic worms and the first documented case of a hermaphrodite. One passenger was 12-year-old Ellen McCarthy, who was on board the Elizabeth sailing from Cork, Ireland, to Quebec, Canada, in June 1825

HMS Investigator graves found

The graves of three crewmembers from the HMS Investigator have been found in the Northwest Territories in Canada. Officials estimate that the graves, which are in undisturbed condition, are about 60 metres from the Investigator cache site. "They're on the plains just coming up from the beach towards the cache