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De Beers discovers treasure ship off Namibian coast

Posted on 12.05.2008 - 10:00 UTC in GENERAL NEWS by Rons_ROV_Links

De Beers discovers treasure ship off Namibian coastWhile we usually associate the diamond business with mines, there are companies who hunt for gems in the open sea. A popular hunting ground is the coast of Namibia, where ships comb the sandy sea bottom in hopes of sucking up diamonds that were washed offshore in ages gone past.

De Beers is one such company and it announced a significant find on Wednesday - though not of diamonds. The company believes it has located a treasure ship that could date back to the 15th century. The ship was laden with thousands of gold coins and a hoard of more than 50 elephant tusks.

"If the experts' assessments are correct, the shipwreck could date back to the late 1400s or early 1500s, making it a discovery of global significance," said Namdeb Diamond Corp., a joint venture between De Beers and the Namibian government.

An archeologist holds a Spanish gold coin and three Portuguese silver coins and brass dividers found in the wreck in Namibia, Africa. De Beers, the world's biggest undersea diamond miner, said its geologists in Namibia found the wreckage of an ancient sailing ship still laden with treasure, including six bronze cannons, thousands of Spanish and Portuguese gold coins and more than 50 elephant tusks. Namdeb/De Beers via Bloomberg NewsAn archeologist holds a Spanish gold coin and three Portuguese silver coins and brass dividers found in the wreck in Namibia, Africa. De Beers, the world's biggest undersea diamond miner, said its geologists in Namibia found the wreckage of an ancient sailing ship still laden with treasure, including six bronze cannons, thousands of Spanish and Portuguese gold coins and more than 50 elephant tusks. Namdeb/De Beers via Bloomberg News
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