Metal objects were much desired: A Sixteenth-Century Shipwreck Cargo off the Coast of Esposende (Portugal) and the Importance of Studying Ship Cargos

Tânia Manuel Casimiro, Christopher Dostal, Filipe Castro, Ana Almeida, Ivone Magalhães, Elsa Teixeira, Elsa Frias-Bulhosa

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Abstract

During winter storms in 2014 and 2017, strong waves exposed hundreds of timbers and artefacts at the Belinho beach, in the North of Portugal. These ship remains were later discovered to belong to a 16th-century shipwreck, probably originating from Northern Europe. This paper aims to discuss the importance of cargo analysis through the study of the material culture associated with that site, consisting mainly of hundreds of pewter, brass, lead, iron, and stone artefacts. Most of these objects seem to have belonged to the ship’s cargo and are tied to a European trade system reflecting economic, cultural, and symbolic behaviours.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23–40
Number of pages18
JournalJournal Of Maritime Archaeology
Volume19
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2024

Keywords

  • Cargo
  • Pewter
  • Brass
  • Shipwreck

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