- Salcombe Cannon Wreck
The Salcombe Cannon wrecksite is close to two other designated wrecksites in the Erme Estuary which the South West Maritime Archaeological Group (SWMAG) was licensed to investigate. In
1992this group described the Salcombe Cannon site as:
:"A cannon site with nothing else visible" [ [http://www.culture.gov.uk/NR/rdonlyres/EBDCAADC-BB76-45CB-A2B3-1791FCA39EBA/0/his_wrecks.pdf Advisory Committee on Historic Wrecks Report for 1998] ] .
1994, following seabed changes, other artifacts including goldwere revealed and the SWMAG began recording the site. Coinsand jewellrydating between 1510and 1636have been recovered from the site and were purchased by the British Museum[ [http://www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk/compass/ixbin/goto?id=OBJ4357 British Museum collection] ] in 1998. For two seasons information about the site was initially kept confidential between the Receiver of Wreck, the finders and the Archeaological Diving Unit (working for the Advisory Committee on Historic Wreck). The site was designated under the Protection of Wrecks Actin 1997when news about it was made public.
The vessel is unknown but is dated between
1630and 1640, and it has yielded the largest ever find of Moroccangold in Europe [ [http://historyfromthesea.net/sites/scs/index.php SWMAG website] ] .
The site has been surveyed and recorded using traditional survey methods,
magnetometer, multi-beam sonarand photo-mosaic [ Nautical Archaeology, the newsletter of the Nautical Archaeology Society, 2004.3 pp8,9, Listed Invalid ISSN|0602-6098 ] .
2004, divers working on this site discovered Bronze ageartifacts [ Nautical Archaeology, the newsletter of the Nautical Archaeology Society, 2005.2 p3, Listed Invalid ISSN|0602-6098] , including swords, axes, tools, and ornaments. The finds date from around the 13th century BC and could be from the same source as the nearby Moor Sandsfinds. This "Salcombe B site" has not been separately designated as it lies within the protected area of the Salcombe Cannon site.
* [http://www.iconfilms.co.uk/whiteslaves/ BBC2 Timewatch: White Slaves, Pirate Gold]
10 January 2003
* [http://www.cinemaquatics.co.uk/divingintohistory.html Radio 4:Diving into History] January
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