Punta Cana shipwreck discovered with precious pewter tableware
A Florida-based treasure hunting company has discovered a 450-year old shipwreck off the Dominican coast, whose cargo includes the single largest cache of 16th Century pewter tableware ever discovered. The ship, now known as the Punta Cana Pewter Wreck was also carrying unique and valuable artifacts including some extremely rare Spanish silver coins from the late 1400s through the mid 1500s and several gold artifacts too. Divers from Anchor Research and Salvage (a Global Marine Exploration, Inc. company) working with the Puntacana Foundation discovered the wreck and are recovering the artifacts, of which 75% will soon be displayed in Dominican museums. Anchor Research and Salvage crews carefully excavated the wreck site under contract from the Underwater Cultural Heritage division of the Ministry of Culture.
The collection of pewter will re-write history books, as many of the maker’s marks stamped into the fine pewter have never been seen before. The collection consists of plates, platters, porringers, salts and flagons in several sizes and styles. The pewter alone is valued into the millions, in addition to the gold items, silver coins and other artifacts from the time of the Conquistadors.
Anchor Research and Salvage has also finished surveying a large area on the southwestern coast of the Dominican Republic where they found numerous previously undiscovered shipwrecks that are currently under investigation and recovery. Noted shipwreck archaeologist and author Sir Robert Marx estimates that there is several billion dollars in the southern coastal area alone, and three times that amount waiting in Global Marine Exploration’s future target areas.
CEO Robert Pritchett said “Sample artifacts from these newly discovered wrecks indicate that we may have found an entire fleet of early Galleons that wrecked on their way back to Spain carrying the riches of the new world.”
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