Since a 2007 post about the Mary Rose was last updated on The Attic in 2010, a new museum building has been opened to the public on 31 May 2013, in Portsmouth. It’s time to start a more up-to-date post:
Mary Rose Welsh archer face reconstructed by Swansea experts
Swansea University researchers have revealed how they reconstructed the face of an archer who drowned on the Mary Rose more than 500 years ago.
They used a 3D printer and a Swedish expert in police-standard facial reconstruction skills to reveal how one of Henry VIII’s elite troops looked.
England’s world famous Tudor war ship sank off Portsmouth in 1545, and was raised from the seabed in 1982.
The reconstructed face is on display in the new Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth.
The archer’s skull was one of 10 taken to Swansea for analysis.
It was scanned by laser to create a 3D computer-generated image that was then made real using a 3D printer that took 48 hours to create it.
The resultant skull was handed to facial reconstruction expert Oscar Nilsson who used it as the base for rebuilding the man’s face using techniques more familiar in police inquiries into unidentified bodies.
The project was led by Nick Owen, a sport and exercise biomechanist at the university’s College of Engineering.
He said: “This is a face of an ordinary man, albeit in a crack regiment, and he hasn’t been seen for almost 500 years.
“Thanks to 21st Century technology and expertise, we can bring him vividly back to life, and understand more about his world.
“Archers were the only professional soldiers of their day. So it is very likely that this is the face of one of Henry VIII’s elite troops. We also know that many of Henry’s archers came from Wales.
“What’s so exciting is that we can reveal the face of a man who has been hidden from history.
“We wouldn’t have portraits of him, as we do for wealthy and powerful people from the past.”