Archaeologists seek world heritage status for Port Royal

Published on June 4th, 2012 | by Admin

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Archaeologists in Jamaica are seeking UNESCO world heritage status for Port Royal, known as the “wickedest city on Earth”.

The sunken 17th century city was once a bustling place where buccaneers including Henry Morgan docked in search of rum, women and boat repairs.

In recent days, international consultants have conducted painstaking surveys to mark the old city’s land and sea boundaries to apply for the world heritage designation by June 2014, said Dorrick Gray, a technical director with the Jamaican National Heritage Trust, a government agency responsible for preserving and developing the island’s cultural spots.

Port Royal was the main city of the British colony of Jamaica in the 17th century until an earthquake and tsunami submerged two-thirds of the settlement in 1692. It boasted a well-to-do population of roughly 7,000 at the time, and was comparable to Boston during the same period.

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Story: AP | Photo: David McFadden, AP

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