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Maritime archaeology and trans-oceanic trade : a case study of the Oranjemund Shipwreck Cargo, Namibia

Chirikure, Shadreck, Sinamai, Ashton, Goagoses, Esther, Mubusisi, Marina and Ndoro, W. 2010, Maritime archaeology and trans-oceanic trade : a case study of the Oranjemund Shipwreck Cargo, Namibia, Journal of maritime archaeology, vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 37-55, doi: 10.1007/s11457-010-9059-9.

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Title Maritime archaeology and trans-oceanic trade : a case study of the Oranjemund Shipwreck Cargo, Namibia
Author(s) Chirikure, Shadreck
Sinamai, Ashton
Goagoses, Esther
Mubusisi, Marina
Ndoro, W.
Journal name Journal of maritime archaeology
Volume number 5
Issue number 1
Start page 37
End page 55
Total pages 19
Publisher Springer New York LLC
Place of publication New York, N.Y.
Publication date 2010-10
ISSN 1557-2285
1557-2293
Keyword(s) Maritime archaeology
Namibia
Oranjemund
Portuguese shipwreck
Nau
Trans-oceanic trade
Summary Routine sand dredging for alluvial diamonds at Oranjemund on the southern coast of Namibia exposed remnants of a long forgotten Portuguese merchant ship believed to have wrecked in the 1530s. The rescue excavations yielded over 40 tons of cargo consisting of thousands of gold and silver coins, tons of copper and lead ingots, and large quantities of ivory together with food refuse, part of personal possessions and the superstructure of the ship. This paper discusses the cargo from the shipwreck. The varying provenances show that overland inter-and intra-regional networks fed into the maritime trade between Europe and the Indian sub-continent. As such, the wreck is a lens through which we can view what was happening on the seas as well as on land. Finally we consider wider issues raised by this discovery relating to the protection and management of such material wherever it may be found in future.
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/s11457-010-9059-9
Field of Research 210110 Maritime Archaeology
Socio Economic Objective 950501 Understanding Africa's Past
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2010, Springer Science+Business Media, LLC
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30034503

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of History, Heritage and Society
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