Anthea Boylston – The Towton Mass Grave Project

Anthea Boylston of the University of Bradford discusses the Towton Mass Grave Project – in 1996 a mass burial pit was discovered at the site of the Battle of Towton, a major battle fought in 1461 during England’s War of the Roses. The mass grave contained the bodies of 41 people, and Boyston and other researchers were able to use forensic anthropological techniques for identify and record the injuries of these individuals. As one of the very few mass graves discovered on a medieval battlefield, the research collected from this project has proven to be extremely valuable to historians.

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