Exploration for shipwrecks off Sunchi Reef, Goa, west coast of India

Citation
S. Tripati et al., Exploration for shipwrecks off Sunchi Reef, Goa, west coast of India, WORLD ARCHA, 32(3), 2001, pp. 355-367
Citations number
11
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Archeology
Journal title
WORLD ARCHAEOLOGY
ISSN journal
0043-8243 → ACNP
Volume
32
Issue
3
Year of publication
2001
Pages
355 - 367
Database
ISI
SICI code
0043-8243(200102)32:3<355:EFSOSR>2.0.ZU;2-S
Abstract
Archival records show that a number of ships have sunk int he waters off Go a, on the west coast of India, as a result of foul weather, warfare and hum an error. Explorations were carried out in 1997-9 to locate shipwrecks usin g a boat-towed metal detector and visual surveys in 3 to 9m water depth off Sunchi Reef. A wreck was discovered and its investigation revealed guns, a shot potsherds glass bottle pieces, a broken rudder and dressed granite st one blocks. These finds suggest that the wreck dates from the Portuguese pe riod (seventeenth to eighteenth century AD) and was therefore a wooden-hull ed ship. The most probable cause of the wrecking was the shallow laterite s hoals in the region. Although modest in scope, this project is important as one of the few underwater investigations yet to be undertaken by Indian ar chaeologists.