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An 18th century merchant ship resurfaces


-It had been hiding under the
sand for over 240 years. The perfectly preserved wreck
of an 18m-long merchant ship. -At first we could only see the blocks of stone. The wood of the wreck
was covered with sand. It was quite moving when they started to uncover
the first planks of wood. They’re counting the blocks of stone
to estimate the weight of the cargo. -It was thanks to its cargo
that the ship was spotted in 2017, by an airship
that was looking for pile-dwelling sites
listed by UNESCO. Every single centimetre of the wreck
is examined and documented. Analysing the wood has enabled
the remains to be dated back to 1776. A period for which there is a
dearth of information concerning the shipbuilding sector. -There are two wooden planks here, and inside they fed the rope through. Here, there were pine
planks to make it watertight. -The excavation is being carried out
with the Swiss-based Octopus Foundation which aims to document
the underwater environment. 3D models have been created
using photos. It’s a windfall for archaeologists. -It gives us an overall view
that we can’t get under the water. So we can study it without being limited by the air cylinder that only lets us
dive for an hour and 20 minutes. -Tomorrow, the wreck will
once more be covered with sand to keep it as well preserved as possible.

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