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Blood red roses : the archaeology of a mass grave from the Battle of Towton AD 1461

Author: Veronica Fiorato; Anthea Boylston; Christopher Knüsel
Publisher: Oxford, UK : Oxbow Books ; Oakville, CT : [Available in the U.S.A. from] David Brown Book Co., 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 2nd rev. edView all editions and formats
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Even ten years after the excavation, the Towton project is still unique since no other mass grave from a known battle has yet been found in the UK. Blood Red Roses, second edition describes a multidisciplinary project involving weapons experts from the Royal Armouries, anthropologists, archaeologists and a geophysicist who were involved in the excavation and post-excavation analysis of 37 combatants brutally killed  Read more...
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Blood red roses.
Oxford : Oxbow, 2007
(OCoLC)608483713
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Veronica Fiorato; Anthea Boylston; Christopher Knüsel
ISBN: 9781842172896 1842172891
OCLC Number: 232636828
Description: x, 294 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 28 cm
Contents: The context of the discovery / Veronica Fiorato --
The historical background to the battle and the documentary evidence / Andrew Boardman --
The excavation and finds / Andrea Burgess --
Recording the grave / Tim Sutherland --
The Human Remains The physical anthropology / Anthea Boylston, Malin Holst and Jennifer Coughlan --
Health status / Jennifer Coughlan and Malin Holst --
Dental health and disease / Malin Host and Jennifer Coughlan --
Battle-related trauma / Shannon Novak --
Arms and Armour of the Fifteenth Century: Weapons / Graeme Rimer --
Armour / Thom Richardson / Combat techniques / John Waller --
The wider implications of the discovery The potential of the site for improved understanding of the Towton battle and battlefield / Tim Sutherland --
How has the Towton project contributed to our knowledge of medieval warfare? / Christopher Knusel and Anthea Boylston --
Battlefield protection and the current extent of archaeological research / Veronica Fiorato.
Responsibility: edited by Veronica Fiorato, Anthea Boylston, and Christopher Knüsel ; foreword by Robert Hardy ; contributions by Andrew Boardman [and others] ; with further contributions by Christopher Cumberpatch [and others].

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The Battle of Towton in North Yorkshire, fought during the Wars of the Roses, was reputedly the bloodiest battle ever seen on English soil. In 1996 a mass grave of soldiers was discovered there by  Read more...

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