Analytical science: Secrets of the Mary Rose
Analytical science: Secrets of the Mary Rose

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Analytical science: Secrets of the Mary Rose

4 Analysis of the Mary Rose crew's remains

Human remains were found scattered across the floor of the ship due to the action of the sea and the deposition and movement of sediments in the Solent. After excavation, the bones were collected and washed in freshwater. They were curated according to where they were found and then pieced together bone by bone. Only 92 complete and 179 incomplete skeletons could be found. The excellent anoxic (oxygen-poor) preservation conditions on the seabed also meant that some organic matter was preserved within the bones.


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