Wednesday, March 19, 2008


Wreck found on a Huelva beach could date from XVII century


Typically Spanish
March 19, 2008

The remains of what could be a Dutch trading vessel were uncovered in stormy weather last month

The remains of a centuries-old ship uncovered in stormy weather last month in the Matagrana area of the beach in El Portil, Huelva province, could be a Dutch merchant ship from the end of the XVII century or the beginning of the XVIII.

Speaking to the press on Wednesday, the Junta de Andalucía’s chief of culture for Huelva province, Juan José Oña, and the archaeologist, José María García Rincón, said the trading vessel may also have later been used in the fishing industry along the coast. The results of carbon-14 dating are expected in around a month.

A team of archaeologists has been working at the site since the discovery in February, where the remains, said to be between 5 and 10% of the original structure, have been enclosed in a protective area to prevent any deterioration. The process of moving what is left of the ship to preserve the remains starts with a meeting on Monday to discuss a suitable location.


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