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« on: May 18, 2009, 12:47:47 pm »

                                   Mediterranean Bronze Found In English Waters

As reported in British Archaeology (November/December 2006),

licensed divers off the coast of Devon have recently recovered Bronze Age material from the seabed.

The assemblage includes a small bronze object from a wreck site that has intrigued historians and archaeologists alike.

The recent licensed recovery of the material from the Salcombe Protected Wreck site by the South West Maritime Archaeological Group (SWMAG), supported by Bournemouth University, has included a rare strumento con immanicatura a cannone. This object is the first secure object of Mediterranean origin and Bronze Age date to be found in north-west Europe and dates from the Penard phase of the Bronze Age, circa thirteenth century BC.

However, despite its significance, archaeologists are still unclear what purpose the strumento served. The artefact is currently being assessed by the British Museum and the broader site is of considerable importance for understanding the nature of maritime contacts in Bronze Age Europe.

The National Heritage Act (2002) enabled English Heritage to assume responsibilities for maritime archaeological sites of all types from low water out to the 12 nautical mile territorial limit around England. The Act also allows the Secretary of State for Culture, Media, and Sport to direct English Heritage to also undertake functions relating to the Advisory Committee for Historic Wreck Sites and the archaeological diving contract. Accordingly, English Heritage has statutory responsibility for the physical management of historic wreck sites designated under the Protection of Wrecks Act 1973.

�It is estimated there are as many as 400,000 wrecks in the sea around England,� says English Heritage�s chief archaeological adviser, David Miles. �In addition, evidence of prehistoric landscapes lie beneath the North Sea and English Channel. This is an important and very exciting area of our work.�

Further information on the Bronze Age assemblage is available from the South West Maritime Archaeological Group�s website:

Mark Dunkley,
English Heritage
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