Metal Objects Were Much Desired. A 16th Century Shipwreck Cargo off Esposende (Portugal)


This is a paper/report submission presented at the 2020 annual meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology.

During the winter of 2014 the Belinho beach (Esposende, Portugal) was surprisingly filled with wooden parts belonging to a ship, stone shots and metals objects. Everytime the sea was rough new objects would appear on the beach suggesting that a ship was wrecked close to the shore. The confirmation came in 2017 when the shipwreck site was found. Hundreds of objects have been found and kept at the Archaeological Department of the Esposende Municipality. One of the most impressive collections are the pewter and brass objects. Plates, bowls, spoons, tankards, and candlesticks were most likely part of the cargo. The type of objects permits to infer that this ship most likely set sail in a North European port in the 16th century, travelling to unknown destination. This paper will discuss these objects focusing on where and when were they made, their economic importance in maritime trade routes and possible consumers.

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Metal Objects Were Much Desired. A 16th Century Shipwreck Cargo off Esposende (Portugal). Ana Almeida, Tania Manuel Casimiro, Ivone Magalhães, Filipe Castro, Alexandre Monteiro, Adolfo Martins, Maria Santos. 2020 ( tDAR id: 457359)

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Geographic Keywords

Temporal Keywords
16th Century

Spatial Coverage

min long: -28.549; min lat: 32.638 ; max long: -6.19; max lat: 42.151 ;

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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

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PaperId(s): 550