Guardian: "Human remains found on 18th century RN wreck"

Discussion in 'History' started by soleil, Feb 26, 2010.

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  1. Seaweed

    Seaweed War Hero Book Reviewer

    There are two views on this one I know, and emotionally I incline in the 'decent burial' direction but there could be much to be learned from (1) what diseases sailors suffered from in 1744 including signs of scurvy (2) physique - tall? short? etc (in the case of Mary Rose an archer was found whose left ulna was enlarged and flattened, and his spine twisted by all his archery practice) and (3) DNA to go to a tracing project that holds DNA of people who send it in voluntarily for genealogical reasons, to see if any modern relations can be identified. Whether this happens or not, ultimately these chaps deserve a proper Service funeral.

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