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Shipwrecks are an exciting and an important part of archaeology. Ancient shipwrecks can reveal historical trading routes and battles. Well-preserved shipwrecks may contain artifacts that reveal more about ancient cultures.

Ancient Anchor May Have Been From One of Christopher Columbus' Ships
Treasure hunters believe they have found an anchor that belonged to one of Christopher Columbus' ships. (May 7, 2017)

Vasco da Gama Esmeralda Shipwreck Discovered off Hallaniyah Island, Oman
The shipwreck of the Esmeralda from the fleet of Vasco da Gama has been discovered off Hallaniyah Island, Oman (March 28, 2016)

Monster Figurehead From 15th Century Warship Raised from Baltic
The monster figurehead from a 15th century warship has been raised from the Baltic Sea. (August 15, 2015)

Explorer Barry Clifford Believes Santa Maria Shipwreck Located Off Haiti
Explorer Barry Clifford thinks he has found Christopher Columbus' ship, the Santa Maria, off the coast of Haiti. (May 14, 2014)

Robot Turtle Designed to Help Archaeologists Explore Shipwrecks
This robot turtle, U-CAT, was designed to help archaeologists explore underwater shipwrekcs. It was recently on display at the London Science Museum. (January 11, 2014)

200-Year-Old Shipwreck Discovered in Gulf of Mexico
During a recent Gulf of Mexico expedition, NOAA, BOEM and partners discovered a historic wooden-hulled vessel. (May 18, 2012)

Scientists May Recreate Beer From mid-1800s Finland Shipwreck
Researchers in Finland have discovered live bacterial species in antique beer originating from the mid-1800s. (May 12, 2012)

Deep Sea Treasure Hunters Find Mysterious Large Objects in Baltic Sea
Deep sea treasure hunters have found two mysterious objects on the floor of the Baltic sea. (January 30, 2012)

Cannon From Blackbeard's Queen Anne's Revenge Pulled from the Ocean
Archaeologists have pulled one of Blackbeard's cannons out of the ocean. (October 27, 2011)

The Antikythera Mechanism
The Antikythera Mechanism is an ancient calculator used to calculate astronomical positions. (December 6, 2006)