Posts made in May, 2014


“That’s the conclusion of the largest and most systematic study to date by a group of Spanish scientists. This is the story of an ambitious Spanish scientific project was completed but could not be implemented due to a coup. Although few remember it now, Spain was about to excavate the remains of the ship Santa Maria  in 1991, the ship Christopher Columbus sailed to America.“ Follow the jump to read the rest (in...

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“Dreams of undersea riches make treasure hunting a seductive investment. As professional underwater archaeologists, we don’t normally comment on the commercial salvage of historical shipwrecks. But in this case, our expert opinion is: Don’t waste your money.” Follow the jump to read the...

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‘People and the Sea’ considers all aspects of our maritime heritage, from the submerged landscapes created by changes in sea-level over the last million years, to the physical development of the modern coastline, through ports, their hinterlands, and associates maritime communities.  It investigates the nature of seafaring and its associated material culture as well as people’s changing perceptions and interactions with the sea....

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“The announcement last Tuesday that the wreck of Christopher Columbus’ flagship the Santa Maria had potentially been found in Haiti caused a wave of excitement around the world. If the wreck does turn out to be theSanta Maria it will be one of the most important discoveries ever made, and even if it is not the famous ship, any vessel of the age of exploration would still be of immense archaeological and historical value. Either...

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