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Archaeologists in Portugal discovered a shipwreck off the coast of Cascais, near Lisbon on September 24.
The wreckage site, which sits about 12 meters below the surface, is about 100 meters long and 50 meters wide. Divers found spices, nine bronze cannons engraved with the Portuguese coat of arms, Chinese porcelain from the Wanli period of the Ming Dynasty and cowry shells, a type of currency used to trade slaves during the colonial era. Multiple studies have confirmed that the ship was wrecked between 1575 and 1625, when Portugal's spice trade with India was at its peak. The mayor of Cascais described the discovery as one of the most significant archaeological finds of the past decade.