The site of the shipwreck has now been officially designated as a protected site as it is the only medieval wreck to have survived in the southeast of England.
Volunteers who were busy searching for World War II pillboxes in Whitstable, Kent received a huge shock after they ended up finding a Tudor shipwreck in mudflats instead. The discovery was made at Tankerton Beach with the wreck of the ship found to measure approximately 40 feet (12 meters) in length.
Historic England, a government heritage agency that works hard to ensure that such artifacts are preserved, were swiftly alerted to the discovery and the shipwreck has now been officially designated as a protected site, as report. The ship is especially important as it is the only shipwreck from the medieval era in the southeast of England that has managed to survive.
The volunteers who discovered the wreck were all part of Timescapes, an archaeological group that specialize in local history. Their first sighting of the remains of the ship came after they noticed pieces of timber jutting out of the beach beside exploded concrete.
Mark Harrison, the director of Timescapes, described the moment when volunteers first discovered the medieval shipwreck, explaining that he has high hopes that its excavation will reveal more details about its rich history.
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After archaeologists analyzed some of the pieces of timber from the ship they learned that one of the samples came from an oak tree that was chopped down in the south of England in 1531. Other pieces of oak that were dated were found to have been felled sometime during the 16th century.
The construction of the hull itself shows that it was a single-masted merchant ship of the kind that would have sailed towards the end of the 16th century and edging into the early 17th century.
A large excavation of the Tudor shipwreck is scheduled to begin this week, and archaeologists from Timescapes are hopeful that they will be able to glean more information about the type of cargo that would have once sailed upon the ship.
According to Duncan Wilson, who is the chief executive of Historic England, for those who are interested in catching a glimpse of the medieval ship, its location is such that it is fully visible for all to see.
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Michael Ellis, the minister of Heritage, remarked that this exciting discovery will give archaeologists more information about what life would have been like for those sailing upon this medieval ship several centuries ago.
With the excavation of the Tudor shipwreck set to commence very soon, archaeologists should have more information soon about the magnificent history of this ancient ship that was discovered by accident in Kent.