Mary Rose crew were superb athletes, Swansea research shows

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A boot, some old skeletons and a block of wood might not sound like the type of thing to entice you to Swansea.

But the objects are just some of the Mary Rose artefacts which have gone on display at Swansea University.

Researchers have been examining the artefacts from Henry VIII’s warship, which was raised in 1982, to discover more about the ship’s crew.

Their work has revealed that many of those who perished when the boat sank in 1545 were “superb athletes”.

Sport physiologist Dr Nick Owen said the skeletons and objects raised with the Mary Rose have given them a “wealth of information”.

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