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Monday 6th February 2017
THE INVESTIGATION OF AN
EARLY 16TH CENTURY PORTUGUESE SHIPWRECK IN OMAN
Dr Dave Parham
Two Portuguese ships from Vasco da Gama's second voyage to India were wrecked in 1503 off the coast of Oman. A shipwreck found in 1998 is believed to be that of Esmerelda. Excavation of the wreck began in 2013 involving archaeologists from Bournemouth University. Dave Parham is an experienced archaeologist and diver/diving supervisor who has directed maritime archaeological projects ranging in date from the Bronze Age to WW2. He has worked extensively throughout the British Isles as well as overseas. His research interests focus on the archaeology of seafaring and ship construction of all periods.
Our lectures are held at 7:00 pm in the Devonport Lecture Theatre, Portland Square Building, Plymouth University. PAS members and University staff and students (with ID) are admitted free. Visitors are very welcome but are asked to contribute £4. Our lecture theatre facilities will be provided by Peninsula Arts with Plymouth University. We thank them for their support. No need to book, just turn up.
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The site environment with one survey grid and 2 divers, one UK & one Omani
setting up 2 airlifts
The range of shot found on site showing stone shot (larger) and lead shot (smaller).
The lead shot have iron dice embedded, causing them to spin and increase their accuracy.
Two Portuguese naus from Vasco da Gama’s second voyage to India, left behind to disrupt maritime trade between India and the Red Sea, were wrecked in May 1503 off the north-
A targeted archival research effort led to the wreck site being initially located in 1998. Following a hiatus, the project was resurrected in 2012 simultaneously with development of a National underwater archaeology programme within Oman’s Ministry of Heritage & Culture (MHC). The MHC is the official government body responsible for the protection of Oman’s underwater cultural heritage and their management of this project represents the first such government led archaeological excavation of an historic wreck site in Omani waters.
Plymouth Archaeology Society (PAS) consists mainly of amateur members with an enthusiastic interest in a wide range of archaeological disciplines. We wish to share our enthusiasm for archaeology in general and provide better knowledge and support for the abundant local sites in our area.
Visitors are invited to attend any of our regular meetings (coach trips require pre-
P.A.S. organise monthly winter lectures by invited guest speakers (winter programme). The summer programme consists of visits to local sites of interest. These are usually guided by experts with local knowledge of the site concerned (summer programme). The summer programme is augmented by coach trips to sites a little further afield. These are usually day trips but can occasionally involve a weekend away.
We also organise workshops to benefit those with a practical interest in archaeology. In the past these have included -
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Plymouth & District Archaeological Society
Plymouth Archaeology Society
As part of our recent moves to streamline and revitalise the society, the AGM held on 16th January voted to change our name from Plymouth & District Archaeological Society to Plymouth Archaeology Society. It will take a little time to ensure that all our logos, headers and texts are appropriately updated but, rest assured that all our normal organisation, lectures etc will continue as normal
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