September 14, 2004
Ancient Mariner

BBCnews is carrying this report summarizing the discovery of the remains of a sailor from an ill-fated 1652 expidition from Oliver Cromwell's navy. Originally sent to put down a rebellious Scottish clan, the fleet ran into a storm that sank half of the force. Some 350 years later, archeologists and physical anthropologists have found the wreck and examined the luckless sailor's remains within it. Turns out he was about 20, 5'2", had the upper body of a trapeeze artist and a lower body with rickets-bowed legs and injuries consistent with someone doing a lot of jumping around.

Posted by scott at September 14, 2004 09:04 AM

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