Sub-Saharan Africa’s Oldest Shipwreck: Historical-Archaeological Research of an Early Modern-Era Portuguese Merchantman on the Namibian Coast

By Bruno E.J.S Werz, published November 2010


In 2008, a shipwreck was discovered at a Namibian diamond mine. Excavation of the remains and artefacts was carried out by archaeologists and mining personnel. The wreck was subsequently identified as the Portuguese merchantman, Bom Jesus, lost in 1533. These findings provide a wealth of information on shipping and trade between Europe, Africa and India during the early modern period.

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Filed under: Atlantic | Other (Early Modern) | Shipwrecks
Subjects include: Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration

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