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August 2022    Download the Entire Issue (PDF) Vol. 37, No. 8   RSS Feed for Undercurrent Issues
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Keeping An Important Discovery Secret

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More than 15 years ago, two British amateur divers, brothers Julian and Lincoln Barnwell, hunted for the remains of a historic 17th Century wreck they had only read about. It was reputed to lie off the Norfolk coast near where they lived. After many challenging dives, they found it half buried in the sand. Despite it being at technical diving depths, they wanted to keep their find secret so that it didn't get plundered by others.

Julian and Lincoln discreetly completed a Nautical Archaeology Society course so that they could work with the University of East Anglia maritime archaeologists to excavate the wreck. They are now honorary fellows of the university's School of History because their discovery is the most significant since that of the sunken Tudor warship Mary Rose....


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