New artefact from shipwreck raised from depths
Anyone with an interest in history whilst on their seaside holiday will be fascinated by a new artefact, dredged up from the depths of the sea just off Poole. The history of a 17th Century shipwreck, the Swash Channel Wreck, is closer to being revealed now that a 27ft rudder has been raised from the seabed. Weighing 4 tonnes, it adds to the more than 1000 artefacts that have been retrieved from the sunken vessel.
In order to find out what role this ship could have played in history before its demise, Bournemouth University archaeologists are trying hard to piece together the evidence. The English Heritage is funding their project. So far, analysis suggests that the ship is from the 17th century – meaning it would have sailed from around 1628 to 1650.
For visitors staying nearby in a Bournemouth hotel, this provides even more exciting history to their surroundings – perhaps they’ll find their own artefact washed up on the beach!
Image Credit: Erik Cleves Kristensen (flickr.com)
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