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The BBC Tells us:
A 500-year-old ship-wreck laden with treasure has been discovered off the coast of Namibia.
The country’s diamond company, Namdeb, says it found the wreck during operations on the sea bed.
The company said the find included three bronze cannons, thousands of Spanish and Portuguese gold coins, and several tonnes of elephant tusks.
There were also human remains and navigational instruments. Excavations in the area were halted immediately.
Archaeological experts have identified the cannons as coming from early 16 Century Spain.
Reuters news agency says company sources are speculating that the ship may be linked to Portuguese explorer Bartolomeu Dias, who went missing in 1500 after becoming the first European seafarer to round the Cape of Good Hope. Continue Reading…
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