Wednesday 13 November 2019
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
This event is free.
With Dr. Nick Owen
Archers, highly trained professional soldiers during Tudor times, are thought to have constituted a significant proportion of the crew of the Mary Rose when it sank in 1545. Dr Nick Owen was approached by the Mary Rose Trust in 2012 to investigate methods of identifying which of the 98 fairly complete skeletons recovered from the Mary Rose might have been those of archers.
This was a unique project that required expertise from several desperate disciplines. Starting with the assumption that the archer of Tudor times could be considered as elite athletes, the detective work began.
Dr Owen’s talk will take you through the analysis of modern-day longbow archers, using state-of-the-art motion capture technology, to discover which of the archers’ bones were likely to give away their occupation. Then, again using cutting edge techniques, how the bones were carefully measured with laser. Thus, avoiding damaging these unique and irreplaceable national treasures, but measuring them with hitherto unprecedented precision and accuracy.
Finally, Dr Owen will discuss then results of his investigation into the archers and some of the latest and exciting new discoveries about the ethnicity of the Tudor crew of the Mary Rose.
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Free entry, suggested donation £3
Glynn Vivian Art Gallery
Alexandra Road, Swansea, SA1 5DZ