500 years after it sank to the bottom of the Arabian Sea, researchers believe they’ve found the Esmerelda, a ship in Vasco da Gama’s fleet during his second voyage to India. The excavation has so far yielded over 2,800 artifacts.
Shipwrecks were the stuff of lore around the craggy coasts of Fourni, a Greek archipelago close to Turkey in the eastern Aegean Sea. Generations of local fishermen and sponge divers had seen piles of ancient pottery collecting algae on the seafloor. Last month, a group of marine archaeologists finally investigated the waters, and their wealthof findings far exceeded expectations.