Real shipwreck treasure – inspiration and education

Diving | Archaeology

In the fall of 1619, a hurricane dashed the English Galleon Warwick against the cliffs of Bermuda’s Castle Harbor. After lying beneath the sand for nearly four centuries, the ship has been uncovered again.

Some people believe the most valuable thing that we can get from a shipwreck is information about the past. Others think that it is antiquities, or treasure.

Shipwreck archaeology offers so much more. It is a chance to engage the public, to make history relevant and to inspire. I believe that active public outreach is an obligation that comes with the privilege of excavation.

While excavating the Warwick last summer, the most important opportunity we had was to work with an amazing group of middle school and high school students from the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS). They dived on the wreck, collected soil samples, examined artifacts and spoke with us about how archaeology brings…

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