San Diego Wreck Site, History and Treasures

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Underwater archaeology deals with the recovery and analysis of ancient objects submerged in water. One fine example of this is the San Diego Wreck Site, discovered at a depth of 170 feet (52 meters) near Fortune Island, Batangas.

It contained more than 5,000 artifacts representing a time capsule of Asia, Europe, and America. Hundreds of people worked together in this adventure: historians, archaeologists, scientists, divers, photographers, restorers, curators, and journalists. It was the first wreck discovered as a result of cooperation between the Philippines, France, Germany, Spain, and the United States.

Despite challenges, underwater archaeology continues to rewrite our historic past. – National Museum of the Philippines

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Dr. Antonio De Morga, Captain of San Diego and author of Sucesos De Las Islas Filipinas.

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