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article imageArchaeologists hope to identify mysterious shipwreck

By Leigh Goessl     Apr 2, 2013 in World
Drumbeg - Archaeologists are eager to try and identify the name of an old shipwreck found off the Scottish Highlands. Experts feel the shipwreck could potentially be 300 to 400 years old.
Archaeologists are trying to figure out the identity of an old shipwreck that was located on the sea floor near Drumbeg in Sutherland, reported Daily Record. It is believed by researchers the wreck is the remains of a boat that sank approximately 300 years ago, and may be older.
“It is too early to say exactly when this vessel sank or who its crew were but the finds indicate it could be dated from 1650 to 1750," said Dr. Jonathan Benjamin, of WA Coastal and Marine and the University of Edinburgh. "This is a very exciting addition to the heritage assets on Scotland’s seabeds. There are very few intact wooden vessels of this age.”
Experts used technology to try and piece together the history of the shipwreck. Through 3D imaging, they were able to create models of the wreck site and three cannons lying on the floor of the sea, reported BBC News. This is being done to better understand the ship and hopefully identify the history behind it.
The shipwreck site, which has been known about for several years, is now listed as a historic site in Scotland, having been placed under Historic Marine Protected Area status. Artifacts found at the site include cannonballs, an anchor, galley bricks, decorative tile, and more.
Researchers have theorized the ship may have belonged to the Dutch East India Company, although the origin and date of the ship are still unknown.
Full details can be found on the project's website.
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