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SAN MARCOS, TEXAS—While looking for ships that belonged to Captain Henry Morgan, the notorious English privateer, a team of underwater archaeologists discovered a rare seventeenth-century Spanish shipwreck off the coast of Panama. The Encarnación, built in Veracruz, Mexico, was a ship in Spain’s Tierra Firme fleet, which carried precious metals from the New World to Spain and distributed European goods throughout the Spanish colonies. “These ships were the backbone of the Spanish colonies,”…

SAN MARCOS, TEXAS—While looking for ships that belonged to Captain Henry Morgan, the notorious English privateer, a team of underwater archaeologists discovered a rare seventeenth-century Spanish shipwreck off the coast of Panama. The Encarnación, built in Veracruz, Mexico, was a ship in Spain’s Tierra Firme fleet, which carried precious metals from the New World to Spain and distributed European goods throughout the Spanish colonies. “These ships were the backbone of the Spanish colonies,”…

Aerial photograph of the mothball, or reserve, fleet docked in Orange, Texas.

Aerial photograph of the mothball, or reserve, fleet docked in Orange, Texas.

Some of the artifacts retrieved from the shipwreck "La Belle".  Check out the website it is really interesting and fun, good for kids too.  http://www.texasbeyondhistory.net/belle/index.html

Some of the artifacts retrieved from the shipwreck "La Belle". Check out the website it is really interesting and fun, good for kids too. http://www.texasbeyondhistory.net/belle/index.html

Scientists exploring marine life in the Gulf of Mexico earlier this year uncovered a shipwreck site believed to be 200-years-old on May 17, 2012. (NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program)

Scientists exploring marine life in the Gulf of Mexico earlier this year uncovered a shipwreck site believed to be 200-years-old on May 17, 2012. (NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program)

Bronze Age Ireland’s Taste in Gold - Gold has long played an important role in human societies. Its color, malleability, & resistance to corrosion have given it unequaled desirability for personal ornamentation & currency. In mainland Europe, the earliest evidence of goldworking dates back to more than 6,500 years ago in Bulgaria. For Ireland & Britain, it dates to about 2500 B.C., when early Bronze Age Irish craftsmen made great strides in metallurgy and demonstrated skill of gold…

Bronze Age Ireland’s Taste in Gold - Gold has long played an important role in human societies. Its color, malleability, & resistance to corrosion have given it unequaled desirability for personal ornamentation & currency. In mainland Europe, the earliest evidence of goldworking dates back to more than 6,500 years ago in Bulgaria. For Ireland & Britain, it dates to about 2500 B.C., when early Bronze Age Irish craftsmen made great strides in metallurgy and demonstrated skill of gold…

Our Lady of the Lake Archaeologists were surprised by the discovery of a Byzantine basilica in just six feet of water, 60 feet from the shore of Turkey’s Lake Iznik, near the ancient city of Nicaea

Our Lady of the Lake Archaeologists were surprised by the discovery of a Byzantine basilica in just six feet of water, 60 feet from the shore of Turkey’s Lake Iznik, near the ancient city of Nicaea

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