Wednesday, September 06, 2006

 

Divers to explore ancient Cornish wrecks

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Dive Magazine
September 01, 2006


A team of divers plan to search Cornish waters for ancient shipwrecks, after receiving a £50,000 Heritage Lottery Fund grant. The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Maritime Archaeological Society (CISMAS) officially launched its two-year project to identify and survey sunken historic artefacts near St Michael's Mount castle near Penzance in August.

The search is expected to uncover items spanning more than 2,000 years, following the discovery of documents referring to the area's maritime transport which date back to 325BC. According to archaeologists, the sea was the only practical means of transporting goods to and from this region up until the 19th century.

'Exploratory dives in the intended area of the survey have shown that there is no shortage of historic wreck material exposed on the seabed,' said dive team leader Brendon Rowe. 'Our practice is to prioritise targets shown up in the geophysical survey so that the most significant are always searched and surveyed first.'


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