A 400-year-old shipwreck found off the coast of Portugal has been hailed as a “vital” archaeological discover.
The municipal council of Cascais, a resort metropolis close to Lisbon, mentioned Monday the Portuguese ship was concerned within the massively profitable spice commerce between Portugal and India. Pepper corns, cowry shells used within the slave commerce and bronze artillery items litter the wreck website. The cannons function the Portuguese nationwide coat of arms.
Consultants say that that shipwreck dates from the late 16th century to the early 17th century. The location, which is 39 toes under the water’s floor, covers an space spanning an estimated 328 toes by 164 toes.
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Cascais Mayor Carlos Carreiras described the wreck as probably the most vital archaeological discoveries in Portugal over the past decade, in response to Sky Information, citing Portuguese newspaper Publico.
Along with town of Cascais, the New College of Lisbon and the Portuguese Navy additionally participated within the venture.
Officers mentioned in an announcement the wreck was discovered final month throughout dredging on the mouth of the River Tagus, on Portugal’s Atlantic coast.
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Preliminary excavations have additionally discovered porcelain courting from the interval of China’s Wanli Emperor within the late 16th and early 17th centuries.
The wreck is situated in an space often known as the Underwater Archaeological Chart of the Municipality of Cascais (PROCASC) that comprises a number of shipwrecks courting again to the Roman period.
The shipwreck dates again to a time when Portugal was the middle of a far-flung buying and selling and colonial community that linked Europe, Africa, Asia and South America.
In 2016, archaeologists mentioned that they’d found the 500-year-old wreckage of Portuguese ship off Oman. The ship, Esmeralda, was piloted by an uncle of explorer Vasco da Gama.
Additionally in 2016, diamond miners in Namibia discovered the stays of a gold-laden Portuguese ship that went lacking 500 years in the past en path to India.
Walt Bonner and The Related Press contributed to this text.
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