Portuguese Shipwreck Found

Marine archaeologists are exploring the site of an early modern Portuguese shipwreck.

NPR reports that “A 400-year-old shipwreck that signified a time when the spice trade between Portugal and India was booming has been uncovered 40 feet below the water’s surface during a dredging project. The shipwreck was discovered off the coast of Cascais, Portugal, not far from the capital, Lisbon.”

A team of marine archaeologists is now conducting excavations to recover artifacts from the shipwreck.  Jorge Freire, director of the project, claims that “from a heritage perspective, this is the discovery of the decade. … In Portugal, this is the most important find of all time.” (Reuters)

The NPR report on the shipwreck is available on their website.  BBC and Reuters provide additional reporting on the shipwreck.

This entry was posted in Early Modern Europe, Early Modern World, Empires and Imperialism, European History, Food and Cuisine History, Maritime History, Material Culture, War and Society, Warfare in the Early Modern World. Bookmark the permalink.

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