Search is on for a slave trade shipwreck

A team from George Washington University and the Smithsonian are heading to Cape Town, South Africa to look for an 18th-century wreck of a slave trader. Little information has been released, but expedition co-leader  Stephen Lubkemann states: “This is an area where archaeology could possibly make some contributions that would be unique.” According to the GW Hatchet:

Although other teams of archaeologists have already studied shipwrecks from the trans-Atlantic slave trade, this effort would be the first to analyze a ship that was carrying slaves when it sunk. Examining the ship’s size and technology will reveal goals and priorities for the slave traders – like concern about a British blockade or the importance of speedy transport.

Sounds like a fascinating project. Best of luck finding the wreck!

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