Medieval Shipwrecks and Artifacts in an ‘Immaculate Condition” Discovered Off the Coast of Southern England

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The shipwreck is a medieval vessel. “Mortar Wreck” was discovered off England’s southern coast.

Scientists were able verify the authenticity of the ship’s timbers and found that it is from the 13th Century.

The 750-year-old site is the oldest known wreck in which the ship’s hull is still visible. According to Tim Cousins, maritime archaeologist, some artifacts were found in the wreck. “are in immaculate condition, like they were carved yesterday.”
It was last seen on the ground during King Henry III’s reign. 

The “Mortar Wreck”The name of the ship derives its name from the mortar-like grinding bowls that were found inside its hull. Tom Cousins, a maritime archaeologist from Bournemouth University, explained what his team discovered in the wreck. 

“This is a cauldron, so this would have been for their daily potage, make a big soup, sorts of bits of fish and meat in there,”He stated. “And the smaller one would have had a longer handle and you could put an end to the fire, nice hot water after a cold night. I’ve seen a picture of one of these on a medieval manuscript where they’re cooking on the back of a whale.”

Cousins disagreed. “most spectacular”Discoveries included gray slabs with two distinct designs. 

“These are in immaculate condition, like they were carved yesterday. You can still see all the chisel marks,”He stated. 

The Poole Bay off Dorset was where the Mortar Wreck was discovered. Recent legal protection was given to the area in order to preserve it. Archaeologists hope to raise funds to be able to continue their exploration and learn more about this piece of history on the sea’s floor.