Sports scientists to look for archers aboard the Mary Rose

Sports physiologists are examining the skeletons found on the Mary Rose, an English ship that sank in 1545. They are looking for stress injuries and other markers that would indicate which skeletons were professional archers.

The scientists have found joint enlargement and evidence of long term stress on lower arms, elbow, and  shoulders that may indicate long term use of a longbow. Historical records indicate that archers were part of the Mary Rose crew when it sank.