GRIBSHUNDEN Shipwreck Excavation

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Archaeological survey and excavation of a truly extraordinary archaeological and historical resource, the 1495 shipwreck of GRIBSHUNDEN. The vessel was the flagship of Danish King Hans. It was lost near Ronneby while the king was en route to a political summit to restore the Kalmar Union. This ship was among the earliest generation of large northern European carvel-built vessels, popularly known as Ships of Discovery. These craft were the first capable of carrying large guns, allowing European rulers to project political and military power around the globe. A contemporary of Christopher Columbus’ famous SANTA MARIA, GRIBSHUNDEN is practically the only and certainly the most complete archaeological example of a Ship of Discovery.
Degree of recognitionInternational
Granting OrganisationsCrafoord Foundation