PHOTOS: Slave Trade Artefacts Discovered From A Slave Ship Wrecked Off South Africa

Iron bars which were used as ballast on slave ships have been recovered from the dive site
Artefacts from a slave ship wrecked off South Africa are due to be unveiled in Cape Town. They are thought to be the first objects to be recovered from a slave ship that went down while it was transporting people.
Archaeologists hope the objects will help scholars, as well as be a memorial to all those caught up in the trade. Millions of Africans were transported as part of the trans-Atlantic slave trade and many died on the journey.
Remnants from shackles, iron bars used as ballast for the ship and a wooden pulley block will be shown for the first time at Cape Town's Iziko Slave Lodge museum on Tuesday.
Some of them are due to be loaned to the American Smithsonian National Museum of African American History. The objects were recovered from the Portuguese ship the Sao Jose-Paquete de Africa, which went down 100m off the coast of Cape Town in December 1794.
The sand constantly churned by the water made it difficult for the archaeologists to do their work
It is thought to have been transporting more than 400 enslaved people from Mozambique to Brazil. The ship may mark the time when people captured on Africa's east coast were brought into the trans-Atlantic trade, which mostly involved the continent's west coast, the Smithsonian museum says.
The Sao Jose had been discovered by treasure hunters in the 1980s, but it was only in 2010 that researchers realised it was a slave ship. Since then the dive around the ship has been kept secret in order to protect the site. As well as the unveiling of the artefacts, there will be a memorial to those who died on board.
Divers from Mozambique, South Africa and the United States will be going to the wreck to leave earth from Mozambique Island, where the ship departed with its human cargo.

 Source: BBC

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