How magnetic nanoparticles will help preserve a 500-year-old shipwreck

Enlarge (credit: Corr et al. 2018) In 1545, freshly refitted to carry a greater number of heavy cannon, the warship Mary Rose sailed into battle against a French fleet north of the Isle of Wight. The debate over what happened next is still heated, but the most accepted version is that the added weight of […]

An 800-year-old label may rewrite the history of a Java Sea shipwreck

Enlarge (credit: The Field Museum, Anthropology. Photographer Pacific Sea Resources) In the 1980s, fishermen working off the coast of Indonesia made a surprising haul: a cargo of ceramic vessels, elephant tusks, sweet-smelling resin, and other artifacts from a ship that had lain on the bottom of the Java Sea for centuries. Most of the ship’s […]

Ancient ‘Atlantis’ alloy recovered from 2,600yo shipwreck (VIDEO)

Published time: 3 Mar, 2017 10:42 An alloy, which according to Greek legend was mined on the ancient mythical island of Atlantis, has been discovered on a shipwreck which sank off the coast of Sicily 2,600 years ago. Some 47 ingots of ‘orichalcum’ have so far been recovered from the ancient underwater find. Described as […]