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Discoveries from wrecked slave ship Sao Jose

Published 10:21 AM ET, Mon June 1, 2015
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Iron ballast recovered from the Sao Jose slave ship wreck. The ballast helped to weigh down the slave ship and its human cargo. Iziko Museums of South Africa
Between 2010 and 2011, Iziko Museum archaeologist Jaco Boshoff discovered an account of the wreck lodged by the captain of the ship, which rekindled interest in the site. Iziko Museums of South Africa
Copper fastenings and copper sheathing were also uncovered. It's believed that the fastenings held the structure of the ship together and the sheathing provided exterior protection. Iziko Museums of South Africa