New finds re­vealed from Swedish war­ship

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ASwedish war­ship which ex­ploded 454 years ago had been car­ry­ing hun­dreds of sol­diers when it was de­stroyed in the Baltic Sea in 1564, dur­ing the North­ern Seven Years’ War. At the time it was filled to the brim with can­nons, hand grenades, and up to a thou­sand sol­diers.

The ship, known as Mars, be­longed to the Swedish navy and was one of North­ern Europe’s largest and most feared naval ves­sels to be used in the North­ern Seven Years’ War.

The re­mains of the ship had been dis­cov­ered in 2011 at the bot­tom of the Baltic Sea, near to the Swedish is­land of Öland but the lat­est dis­cov­er­ies from the wreck­age have been re­vealed re­cently in Öland. “This year, we have come closer to the peo­ple aboard. We found more skele­tal parts, in­clud­ing a fe­mur with trauma around the knee which we be­lieve to stem from a sharp-edged weapon,” says mar­itime ar­chae­ol­o­gist Rolf Fabri­cius Warm­ing, who is one of the re­searchers in­volved in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“We also found large guns and a hand grenade. We can see from the wreck­age that it was a very in­tense and tough bat­tle. Be­tween 800 and 1,000 men were on board. That is com­pa­ra­ble to the pop­u­la­tion of an en­tire medium-sized town at the time. Most of them died in the ex­plo­sion or when the ship sank into the wa­tery depths,” he says.

Mars sunk due to a gun­pow­der ex­plo­sion at the front of the ship. But shortly be­fore, it had been un­der at­tack by Dan­ish and Lübeck­ian war­ships, ac­cord­ing to writ­ten sources.

Can­nons on the ship are up to 4.8 me­tres long

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