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Musket recovered from 18th century shipwreck

Archaeologists working off the coast of Florida have salvaged a musket, sword and bottleneck from an 18th century shipwreck.

The three artifacts, raised from about 30 feet underwater, were stuck together and covered with a buildup of sand, shell particles and coral after years of corrosion under water.

They were found at the Storm Wreck shipwreck, a site dating to the late 1700s that was discovered in 2009 near the St. Augustine Lighthouse. Excavation at the site began in the summer of 2010, when archeologists found a range of artifacts including iron and copper cauldrons, a flintlock pistol, six cannons and the intact ship’s bell.

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Story: Emily Morrow, St. Augustine Record | Photo: St. Augustine Record

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