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Longbow nock


This horn nock was found in a concretion in 1997, and is the only surviving example on the Mary Rose.

Nocks were used to attach the bowstring to the tips of a longbow.

All of our longbows have a discoloured section at the tip, which has been suggested was caused by these nocks being in situ during burial. The nock is made of cow horn, a material prone to parasitical decomposition, which would explain why so few survived on the seabed.