This Week – The Mary Rose

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As well as bringing you up-to-the minute news and the latest research, The Past will continue each week to highlight a theme of particular interest. This week, we look at the latest thinking on the Mary Rose, the ill-fated Tudor flagship which capsized in the Solent while fighting the French on 19 July 1545.

Four hundred and thirty-seven years passed between the ship’s sinking and her eventual raising from the Solent on 11 October 1982. Since then, almost another four decades have elapsed – and as Peter Marsden explains this week in Current Archaeology and on the latest edition of PastCast, our unmissable podcast, an astonishing array of new research techniques have revolutionised our thinking about the ship’s make-up, her calamitous final moments, and perhaps most poignantly, the skeletal remains of her 500-strong crew.

Elsewhere on The Past this week, you’ll find us delving back into the archives to bring you the most complete coverage of the Mary Rose story: Christopher Dobbs of the Mary Rose Trust tells Matthew Symonds about the extraordinary effort required to raise the pride of Henry VIII’s navy from the Solent seabed; Neil Faulkner explains how the ship reflected the rise of English 16th-century seapower; Eleanor Schofield looks at how new technology is being used to preserve the arsenal of iron cannonballs which once struck fear into the hearts of French sailors; and Lucia Marchini visits the innovative museum that is now the Mary Rose’s home.

You can even test your knowledge with this week’s fiendish Friday quiz – which from 9 April is also devoted to all things Mary Rose. Good luck – and we hope you enjoy this week’s edition of The Past!

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