26 September 2009
An unexpected treasure in the Namibian sands
Namibia is of course famous for its diamonds. Recently, while surface-mining the sands, crews discovered a Portugese shipwreck from 1533 - now well inland because of the shifting sands.
The photos (credit Amy Toensing) show the seawall separating the wreck site from the ocean, some of the 50 pounds of gold coins (Spanish, Portugese, Venetian, Florentine, Moorish), and small quantities of liquid mercuty (probably carried on board for the treatment of syphilis).
From a gallery of pix of the shipwreck excavation at National Geographic.