400-Year-Old Shipwreck ‘Discovery of Decade’ for Portugal
By Catarina Demony CASCAIS, Portugal, Sept 24 (Reuters)– Archaeologists browsing Portugal’s shore have actually located a 400-year-old ship wreckage thought to have actually sunk near Lisbon after returning from India loaded with flavors, experts stated onMonday
“From a heritage perspective, this is the discovery of the decade,” job supervisor Jorge Freire stated. “In Portugal, this is the most important find of all time.”
In as well as around the ship wreckage, 40 feet (12 meters) listed below the surface area, scuba divers located flavors, 9 bronze cannons inscribed with the Portuguese layer of arms, Chinese porcelains as well as cowry coverings, a kind of money made use of to trade servants throughout the colonial age.
Found onSept 3 off the shore of Cascais, a hotel community on the borders of Lisbon, the ship wreckage as well as its things were “very well-preserved,” stated Freire.
Freire as well as his group think the ship was damaged in between 1575 as well as 1625, when Portugal’s flavor profession with India went to its top.
In 1994, Portuguese ship Our Lady of the Martyrs was found near Fort of Sao Juliao da Barra, an armed forces protection complicated near Cascais.
“For a long time, specialists have considered the mouth of the Tagus river a hotspot forshipwrecks,” stated Minister ofCulture Luis Mendes “This discovery came to prove it.”
The wreckage was located as component of a 10-year-old historical job backed by the community council of Cascais, the navy, the Portuguese federal government as well as Nova University ofLisbon (Reporting by Catarina Demony; Editing by Janet Lawrence )
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