One of the world’s oldest shipwrecks has been found off the coast of Devon. The nearly 3,000 year-old wreck was in 8-10 metres of water in a bay near Salcombe.
It was uncovered by a team of amateur marine archaeologists from the South West Marine Archaeological Group and was featured in the Sunday Telegraph.
The paddle-powered ship is thought to have been transporting a cargo of tin and copper ingots from the Continent.
The ‘incredibly exciting’ discovery, which has been dated to 900BC, points to new evidence of sophistication and seafaring abilities of the people of the age.
• Cargo recovered so far: 295 items, including 259 copper ingots and 27 tin ingots, plus a bronze leaf sword, two stone artefacts (possibly sling-shots) and three gold writs torcs, or bracelets
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