Medieval Shipwreck and Artifacts found in ‘Immaculate Condition.’ Off Coast of Southern England

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A medieval shipwreck, known as the “Mortar Wreck” was discovered off England’s southern coast.

Scientists were able verify the authenticity of the ship’s timbers and found that it is from the 13th Century.

The 750-year-old site is the oldest known wreck in which the ship’s hull is still visible. Some of the artifacts discovered in the wreck were reportedly found by Tim Cousins (marine archaeologist). “are in immaculate condition, like they were carved yesterday.”
It was last seen on the ground during King Henry III’s reign. 

The “Mortar Wreck”Its name derives its origin from the mortar-shaped grinding bowls found in its hull. Tom Cousins from Bournemouth University is a maritime archaeologist who explained the other discoveries made in the wreck. 

“This is a cauldron, so this would have been for their daily potage, make a big soup, sorts of bits of fish and meat in there,”He said. “And the smaller one would have had a longer handle and you could put an end to the fire, nice hot water after a cold night. I’ve seen a picture of one of these on a medieval manuscript where they’re cooking on the back of a whale.”

Cousins disagreed. “most spectacular”Discoveries included gray slabs with two distinct designs. 

“These are in immaculate condition, like they were carved yesterday. You can still see all the chisel marks,”He said. 

The Poole Bay, near Dorset in southern England, was the location of the Mortar Wreck. Recent legal protection was given to the area in order to preserve it. Archaeologists hope to raise funds to be able to continue their exploration and learn more about this piece of history on the sea’s floor.

 

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