400-year-old shipwreck found off Portugal coast

Archaeologists in Portugal say they have discovered off Lisbon a 400-year-old shipwreck they describe as the most important underwater find in the country for two decades.

The municipal council of Cascais, a town near Lisbon, said Monday the Portuguese ship was involved in the hugely lucrative spice trade between Portugal and India. Pepper corns, cowry shells used in the slave trade and bronze artillery pieces litter the wreck site.

The council said in a statement the was found last month during dredging at the mouth of the River Tagus, on Portugal's Atlantic coast.

Preliminary excavations have also found porcelain dating from the period of China's Wanli Emperor in the late 16th and early 17th centuries.

The find came during an offshore mapping project compiling an inventory of wrecks.


Explore further

Image: Lisbon, Portugal from orbit

© 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Citation: 400-year-old shipwreck found off Portugal coast (2018, September 24) retrieved 19 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-09-year-old-shipwreck-portugal-coast.html
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
13 shares

Feedback to editors

User comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more