Posts Tagged: archaeology

Napoleon Bonaparte is popularly quoted as saying “An army marches on its stomach”, and even though he wasn’t born until long after the Mary Rose sank, the crew of that warship knew the importance of being well fed.   Among the 19,000 objects recovered from the wreck of the Mary Rose, we found evidence of… Read more »

SCIENCE IN THE SERVICE OF HENRY VIII THE MARY ROSE TRUST AT NEW SCIENTIST LIVE 2017 EXCEL LONDON, THURSDAY 28 SEPTEMBER – SUNDAY 1 OCTOBER 2017 The Mary Rose Trust is delighted to announce their participation in New Scientist Live, ‘the world’s most exciting festival of ideas’, from 28 September –1 October 2017 at the… Read more »

Scientists are using microbiology to examine some of the human remains from Henry VIII’s flagship Mary Rose to determine if any come from the same person.   Research by Dr Garry Scarlett, a DNA expert at the University of Portsmouth, should enable museum staff to recreate the skeletons of some of the crew.   Only… Read more »

Digital research techniques to help unravel Tudor mysteries as new Mary Rose project launched   For the first time human remains and other artefacts found on the Tudor warship Mary Rose are being released to a global audience as interactive 3D digital resources.     The images will be released on a website www.virtualtudors.org which will… Read more »

Museum of the Ancient Ships of Pisa

Some members of the Mary Rose conservation team, myself included, recently had the privilege to spend a week in Florence, Italy, to attend WOAM 2016, which is a conference organised every three years by the ICOM-CC working group for Wet Organic Archaeological Materials (WOAM for short!). ICOM-CC stands for International Council of Museums – Committee… Read more »

New stable isotope and ancient DNA analysis of the bones of stored cod provisions recovered from the wreck of the Tudor warship Mary Rose, which sank off the coast of southern England in 1545, has revealed that the fish in the ship’s stores had been caught in surprisingly distant waters: the northern North Sea and… Read more »

The Southampton branch of the Young Archaeologists’ Club visited the Mary Rose Museum this month.   The YAC members and leaders took part in a roundabout of activities.  They compared wet and dry ‘dig’ environments; identified ‘mystery’ objects; investigated materials under the microscope and looked at what human remains can tell us about people in… Read more »