Namibian Diamond Miners Discover 500-Year-Old Shipwreck Filled With Gold Coins

6They didn’t immediately find the treasure

When the miners found the shipwreck, they did not immediately find the treasure hidden inside. They had to look through the wreckage to find what was hidden. This did take some time as half of the wreck was buried under the sand. Once they got the sand out of the way and dug it up then they were able to explore the insides.

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7It was an important find

This shipwreck was a very important find and it has been named as one of the most significant shipwrecks finds of all time and the discovery led to the site being placed under the UNESCO Convention on the Protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage. It is not only about the treasure that was found but also the long lost culture.

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8Why was this find important?

The reason why this find was important is because of the religious artifacts and clothing that was found inside the wreckage. These are very valuable materials that give us fascinating insights into what was a very important period of history. The treasure is a bonus that was found along with all this important stuff.

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9Even the skeletons are important

Even the skeletons found here have some importance as the bones can give archaeologists an idea of the sailors’ typical diet. The finding of the treasure may have taken up all the headlines but this is an important find for everything else that was on the wreckage except for the treasure.

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10The experts knew what they had found

Dr. Dieter Noli from the Southern Africa Institute of Maritime Archaeological Research said that this was a very important discovery. They were quick to realize that this was the Bom Jesus wreck and how unique of a discovery it was. He said that he was looking for this wreck for a long time.

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