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For three weeks the royal warship Gribshunden (1495) has been excavated on the seabed of the Baltic Sea off the coast of southern Sweden. Among others things, a very early firearm—one of the earliest to be found on a ship anywhere in the world—as well as a beautifully formed drinking tankard, with a crown-like engraving, have been found.
Gribshunden is considered the world's best-preserved ship of the kind which Christopher Columbus, among others, used for his expeditions to America. This makes the ship's construction a very important focus for the international team of 40 researchers.
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"We have had a fantastic team from 10 different countries which has managed to accomplish what we set out to achieve with this year's excavations—to both salvage finds and to advance with the study of the ship's construction," says Brendan Foley, marine archaeologist at Lund University.
"We have managed to identify several new keys to the ship's construction and we are getting closer to solving the riddle of how these kinds of ships were actually built. It increases our knowledge of an important period of transition in the world, the time of the great explorers," says Johan Rönnby, professor in marine archaeology at Södertörn University.
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