Ancient vessel found in Wales sheds light on the origins of life
Ancient vessels have been found in Welsh waters, which shed light on life on Earth.
The find, made by a team of underwater archaeologists from the Royal Welsh Museum, is thought to date back to the Late Triassic period, around 70 million years ago.
Its discovery comes a week after scientists revealed the discovery of a 3,500-year-old vessel in the British Isles, also thought to be an ancient vessel.
Wales is currently on a marine conservation plan after the discovery was made.
“The discovery of this new, and ancient, vessel is the result of an extraordinary collaboration of scientists, divers and conservationists who have worked in the region for years to locate this important piece of marine history,” said Dr Simon Edwards, director of marine archaeology at the Royal Wales Museum.
“It’s a reminder of the importance of protecting the unique habitats of the Welsh coastline and our natural world and what remains of our ancient past.”
There is a very clear connection between the formation of the Great British Isles and the formation and early development of the modern Great Britain.
“In this case, the discovery shows that the Great Britain and the Welsh coasts were connected by a vast, ancient waterway.”
We know very little about this ancient sea and it’s very exciting to think that the discovery may offer new insights into the history of life on earth and the origin of life itself.
“Scientists have previously been able to identify and study ancient vessels by analysing the shape of the underwater rock.”
This latest discovery provides further insight into the nature of these vessels and their relationship with other ancient vessels,” said Professor David Williams, an archaeologist at the University of Cambridge.”
What we’re trying to do is understand how these vessels were formed, and why they were so successful, before they became extinct.
“The Great British Vessel found by archaeologists from Royal Welsh Marine Museum.
Source: RWM – Welsh MuseumFor more information on the research, please visit: http://www.rwm.ac.uk/marine-history/archaeology-research-from-wales/historic-artifacts/a-great-greater-british-welsh-craft-find