A team of marine researchers has made an interesting discovery while exploring the deep sea for methane. They have come across an 18th century shipwreck that was laying undisturbed for hundreds of years on the bottom of the sea in North Carolina. The experts believe the ship went down during the American Revolution, more than 300 years ago, and has been underwater ever since.
The 18th century shipwreck was discovered by scientists from Duke University and according to them, they found it lying at a depth of more than 1 mile below the water. The researchers found the shipwreck using Alvin, a manned submarine and an underwater robot from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
Cindy Van Dover, a marine scientist who was part of the team that discovered the shipwreck, said they were very surprised by their discovery, especially since they had previously studied the area and they didn’t find anything. According to her, the wreck was lying about 100 m away from where they were usually searching. Van Doer said that even though the technology is so advanced, the oceans are still full of mysteries waiting to be uncovered.
The researchers said the shipwreck was full of fragmented remains like iron chains, bottles, pottery jugs and a metal compass. The archaeologists who analyzed the photos of the shipwreck said that it dates back to the 18th century during a period when the U.S. was just beginning to develop its international trading routes overseas. This makes it a very valuable discovery, as not many artifacts have been discovered from that particular era.
David Eggleston, a researcher at the Center for Marine Sciences and Technology, talked about the recent discovery saying that the shipwreck has historical as well as scientific value.
The team who discovered the shipwreck announced NOOA’s Marine Heritage Program to help them identify the ship. Bruce Terrell from NOOA said that in order to determine the time and the country the ship originates from they need to further examine the artifacts found onboard, such as ceramic and glass objects. They hold precious clues for the proper identification of the ship, Terrell added.
The shipwreck was discovered lying in a undisturbed area, where the water is extremely cold. The archaeologists said they need to examine the site in order to find more details about the ship. Some believe the ship sank during a violent storm off the coast of North Carolina.
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