Thousands of colonial wreck artifacts stolen from ocean floor

Published on October 22nd, 2009 | by Admin


The waters surrounding the island of Dominica are littered with colonial wrecks and artifacts. Due to a lack of funds to officially recover historically important pieces, looters have been raiding the ocean floor.

The Archaeology advisor to the Cultural Patrimony Office said the underwater patrimony is being lost “from being stolen” while the country loses an opportunity for not contracting companies specialized in recovering the historically important pieces. “I feel that this subaqueous patrimony is being lost, it’s being diluted, they are stealing it.”

Borrel, speaking in the seminar “Convention on the Protection of the Subaqueous Cultural Patrimony” held in the Museum of Modern Art, said he can cite 20 sackings of ships whose pieces were removed to later sell and were even offered on the Web.

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