Archaeologists excavate ‘The London’ shipwreck

Published on August 5th, 2014 | by Sevaan Franks

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london shipwreck diving

london shipwreck diving

Archaeologists are excavating the sunken remains of The London, a warship which blew up and sank in 1655.

In 1665 the explosion was a humiliating disaster. The London was blown in half, and sank almost instantly. A surprising number of the human remains recovered so far have proved to be female, suggesting that as well as the 350 crew, plus extra gunners for the newly mounted artillery, the ship was carrying many of their wives and sweethearts.

“It’s a good question why there were so many women, and one on which I wouldn’t care to speculate,” archaeologist and diver Dan Pascoe said.

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Story: Maev Kennedy, The Guardian | Photo: Linda Nylind, The Guardian

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