Divers Find Caribbean Island Pewter Treasure
Shipwreck reveals precious coins, rare pewter artifacts to salvors at Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.
The most important shipwreck of its kind dating from the 1500s was recently discovered by Anchor Research & Salvage SRL.
According to noted pewter expert Martin Roberts "Pewter finds from the 2012 diving season continue to support present hypotheses on date and origin while also surprising collectors and challenging orthodox knowledge of the mid-16th Century pewter trade. The quantity of pewter now recovered definitely makes this the largest single cache ever discovered."
Recovery and preservation efforts are ongoing, according to Robert H. Pritchett, CEO of Anchor Research & Salvage SRL & Global Marine Exploration, saying "…many more discoveries are likely as we bring the latest technology and our full resources online. We've only just scratched the surface."
Anchor Research & Salvage SRL is a Global Marine Exploration, Inc. a privately held company headquartered in Tampa, FL., it is working in conjunction with the Punta Cana Foundation & Sub Aquatic office of the Minister of Culture Dominican Republic.