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Thousands of artifacts from the wreckage of a ship of the Dutch East India Company that is to be scanned with X-rays


Thousands of artifacts recovered from the wreckage of a Dutch East India Company sailing ship are scanned with new X-ray machines to reveal hidden details.

The & # 39; Rooswijk & # 39; – a so-called & # 39; return chip & # 39; built for long trips – sank off the Kent coast in January 1740 after running aground on Goodwin Sands.

Archaeologists visited the wreck and found many artifacts between 2005 and 2018 – including silver coins and bars, wooden boxes and a brass wine container.

Many of these items are now under closer scrutiny thanks to a £ 150,000 grant from the Wolfson Foundation to upgrade historic England's X-ray equipment.

Thousands of artifacts recovered from the wreckage of a Dutch East India Company sailing ship pictured above are scanned with new X-ray equipment to reveal hidden details

Originally destined for Batavia – today's Jakarta – the merchant ship Rooswijk sank on its second voyage east some 8 kilometers off the British coast without one of the 237-strong crew members surviving the accident.

The wreck was first discovered in 2004 by an amateur diver at a depth of 24 meters. The majority of the rescue efforts took place between 2005 and 2018, whereby the objects of the ship legally belonged to the Dutch state.

Among the artifacts recovered from the wreck were silver bars, gold coins, knives, sheaths, human remains, pots, glasses and thimbles.

The Wolfson Foundation charity grant is used to improve the performance and resolution of the equipment in historic England's large walk-in X-ray facility for scientific and archaeological analysis at Fort Cumberland, Portsmouth.

The existing facility was located in this center of archaeological evaluation, analysis and maintenance of the organization.

After the upgrade is complete, Rooswijk artifacts will be among the first to be scanned by the redesigned facility in collaboration between Historic England and Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed, the Dutch cultural heritage agency.

Many of the finds from the wreck are covered with hard concretions of matter that require the additional power of the new equipment to be successfully scanned.

The & # 39; Rooswijk & # 39; - a so-called & # 39; return chip & # 39; built for long trips - sank off the Kent coast in January 1740 after running aground on Goodwin Sands. In the picture thimbles with hard concretions that were salvaged from the wreck of the ship

The & # 39; Rooswijk & # 39; – a so-called & # 39; return chip & # 39; built for long trips – sank off the Kent coast in January 1740 after running aground on Goodwin Sands. In the picture thimbles with hard concretions that were salvaged from the wreck of the ship

Archaeologists visited the wreck and found many artifacts between 2005 and 2018 - including silver coins and bars, wooden boxes and a brass wine container - in the picture an X-ray of one of the wooden boxes from Rooswijk that contained thimbles

Archaeologists visited the wreck and found many artifacts between 2005 and 2018 – including silver coins and bars, wooden boxes and a brass wine container – in the picture an X-ray of one of the wooden boxes from Rooswijk that contained thimbles

Many of the finds from the wreck are covered with hard concretions of matter that require the additional power of the new equipment to be successfully scanned. Pictured pewter jugs recovered from the Rooswijk

Many of the finds from the wreck are covered with hard concretions of matter that require the additional power of the new equipment to be successfully scanned. Pictured pewter jugs recovered from the Rooswijk

"This generous investment will put historic England at the forefront of cultural heritage radiographs for many years," said Duncan Wilson, director of historic England.

"With this new technology, we can analyze, conserve and better understand many more objects that were recovered from historic shipwrecks or excavated from archaeological sites."

"We are very grateful to the Wolfson Foundation for their support for this important grant."

The new X-ray machine will also "significantly improve" the analysis of Roman artifacts, according to historic England, as the scanner will be able to penetrate dirt and grime around such objects without damaging them.

Many of the artifacts recovered from the wreck are now being investigated more closely thanks to a £ 150,000 grant from the Wolfson Foundation to update historic England's X-ray equipment. In the picture, researchers are working on a chest of saber blades that were salvaged from Rooswijk

Many of the artifacts recovered from the wreck are now being investigated more closely thanks to a £ 150,000 grant from the Wolfson Foundation to update historic England's X-ray equipment. In the picture, researchers are working on a chest of saber blades that were salvaged from Rooswijk

"We're excited to support this important device – bringing Wolfson's longstanding interest in science and heritage together," said Paul Ramsbottom, general manager of the Wolfson Foundation.

"The beauty of X-ray technology is the way it reveals hidden secrets of the past and helps preserve them."

"We are particularly pleased to support the cultural heritage sector for all of us at this challenging moment."

Originally destined for Batavia - today's Jakarta - the merchant ship Rooswijk sank on its second voyage east about 8 kilometers off the British coast without one of its 237-strong crew members surviving the accident. In the picture, a diver explores the wreck

Originally destined for Batavia – today's Jakarta – the merchant ship Rooswijk sank on its second voyage east about 8 kilometers off the British coast without one of its 237-strong crew members surviving the accident. In the picture, a diver explores the wreck

The wreck was first discovered in 2004 by an amateur diver at a depth of 24 meters. The majority of the rescue efforts took place between 2005 and 2018, whereby the objects of the ship legally belonged to the Dutch state. Pictured, coins from the wreck

The wreck was first discovered in 2004 by an amateur diver at a depth of 24 meters. The majority of the rescue efforts took place between 2005 and 2018, whereby the objects of the ship legally belonged to the Dutch state. Pictured, coins from the wreck

Rooswijk artifacts, in collaboration between Historic England and Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed, the Dutch cultural heritage agency, will be among the first to be scanned by the redesigned facility. In the picture, wood was recovered from the wreck

Rooswijk artifacts, in collaboration between Historic England and Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed, the Dutch cultural heritage agency, will be among the first to be scanned by the redesigned facility. In the picture, wood was recovered from the wreck

The & # 39; Rooswijk & # 39; - a so-called & # 39; return chip & # 39; built for long trips - sank off the Kent coast in January 1740 after running aground on Goodwin Sands

The & # 39; Rooswijk & # 39; – a so-called & # 39; return chip & # 39; built for long trips – sank off the Kent coast in January 1740 after running aground on Goodwin Sands

The new X-ray machine will also "significantly improve" the analysis of Roman artifacts, according to historic England, as the scanner will be able to penetrate dirt and grime around such objects without damaging them. Above a piece of Roman armor, covered with concretion, and below, the inside of one, which was made visible by X-rays

The new X-ray machine will also "significantly improve" the analysis of Roman artifacts, according to historic England, as the scanner will be able to penetrate dirt and grime around such objects without damaging them. Above a piece of Roman armor, covered with concretion, and below, the inside of one, which was made visible by X-rays

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