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Richard III Killed by Sword Thrust Upwards Into Neck

Posted by on Feb 13, 2015 in Forensic Analysis, In the News, Video Slider, Videos | Comments Off on Richard III Killed by Sword Thrust Upwards Into Neck

via Discovery News King Richard III was killed by a sword thrust from the base of the neck all the way up into his head, according to...

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Analysis of English Viking graves shows half of Viking “warriors” were women

Posted by on Sep 3, 2014 in Forensic Analysis, History | Comments Off on Analysis of English Viking graves shows half of Viking “warriors” were women

via USAToday  “So much for Hagar the Horrible, with his stay-at-home wife, Helga. Viking women may have equaled men moving to...

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Analysis of a 15th century Ottoman raid on the Croatian border

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Analysis of a 15th century Ottoman raid on the Croatian border

Posted by on Jul 15, 2014 in Featured, Forensic Analysis, History | Comments Off on Analysis of a 15th century Ottoman raid on the Croatian border

Trigger warning: This post reviews forensic research on the skeletal remains from a small town in what is now Croatia.  As part of this...

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The debate on Japanese swordsmanship based on skeletal trauma

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The debate on Japanese swordsmanship based on skeletal trauma

Posted by on Apr 25, 2014 in Featured, Forensic Analysis, History | 0 comments

How did medieval Japanese warriors (bushi) fight and act on the battlefield during the classic 14th century Kamakura period?  What were...

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Forensics:  Weapon-related trauma on Seiyokan cranial remains, Kamakura

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Forensics: Weapon-related trauma on Seiyokan cranial remains, Kamakura

Posted by on Mar 26, 2014 in Featured, Forensic Analysis | Comments Off on Forensics: Weapon-related trauma on Seiyokan cranial remains, Kamakura

Based on a paper by Drs. Tomohito Nagaoka, Kazuhiro Uzawa, Kazuaki Hirata, Evidence for weapon-related traumas in medieval...

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Forensic examination determines weapons used on 9th-14th century remains, Turin, Italy

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Forensic examination determines weapons used on 9th-14th century remains, Turin, Italy

Posted by on Mar 21, 2014 in Featured, Forensic Analysis, History | 0 comments

In this paper, Weapon-related Cranial Lesions from Medieval and Renaissance Turin, Italy, remains recovered from the Cathedral of S....

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The Honourable Second: Forensic evidence of medieval kaishaku in seppuku

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The Honourable Second: Forensic evidence of medieval kaishaku in seppuku

Posted by on Feb 8, 2014 in Featured, Forensic Analysis, Video Slider, Videos | Comments Off on The Honourable Second: Forensic evidence of medieval kaishaku in seppuku

Within the practice of modern iaido and other Japanese sword arts, there remain katas which echo a solemn duty any samurai could be called...

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Forensics of Kamakura battle remains 1333

Posted by on Dec 29, 2013 in Featured, Forensic Analysis, Videos | 0 comments

In the Genkō War  (1331–1333), the forces of the Emperor Go-Daigo fought the Hōjō clan for control of the country.  The Hōjō were...

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A look at a dark past: forensic analysis of tameshigiri remains

Posted by on Dec 15, 2013 in Culture, Cutting Arts, Featured, Forensic Analysis, History | 0 comments

The history of tameshigiri in Japan wavers between the exhibition of skill in cutting straw or bamboo targets, to the proofing of blades...

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