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Bronze age shipwreck discovered

February 14, 2010 | Comment icon 3 comments



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An ancient bronze age shipwreck has been discovered off the coast of Devon dating back 3000 years.
The vessel would have sunk in around 900 BC and carried a valuable cargo of tin and copper ingots being transported from the Continent.
One of the world's oldest shipwrecks has been discovered off the coast of Devon after lying on the seabed for almost 3,000 years. The trading vessel was carrying an extremely valuable cargo of tin and hundreds of copper ingots from the Continent when it sank.


Source: Telegraph | Comments (3)


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Comment icon #1 Posted by Kandinsky 13 years ago
Very interesting! This is the type of story I enjoy reading. I'm not about contradict the experts...that's why they are experts. I'm curious why they assume the coper and tin were coming into England and not out of. There were successful copper mines extant around the suggested period. One of which is now a museum and is massive.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Siara 13 years ago
It is first time tin ingots from this period have ever been found in Britain, a discovery which may support theories that the metal was being mined in the south west at this time. How fascinating. So they aren't sure whether the Celts in Devon were mining tin? For some reason I thought they knew more about the mining and that was what put that part of the ancient world on the map.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Grimmace 12 years ago
A terribly good point you both made... Why ship tin into Devon, where it was so prevalent they could originally, during the Bronze Age, simply pick it up off of the ground? It isn't as if they ran out... they are thinking of reopening the Tin mines currently...


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