Map of northern Europe showing the route of the planned Nord ...

Map of northern Europe showing the route of the planned Nord Stream gas pipeline. A dozen previously unknown shipwrecks, some of them believed to be up to 1,000 years old, were discovered in the Baltic Sea during a probe of the sea bed to prepare for the installation of a large gas pipeline, the Swedish National Heritage Board said Monday.

Yahoo News is reporting

STOCKHOLM (AFP) – A dozen previously unknown shipwrecks, some of them believed to be up to 1,000 years old, were discovered in theBaltic Sea during a probe of the sea bed to prepare for the installation of a large gas pipeline, the Swedish National Heritage Board said Monday.

“We have manage to identify 12 shipwrecks, and nine of them are considered to be fairly old,” Peter Norman, a senior advisor with the heritage board, told AFP.

“We think many of the ships are from the 17th and 18th centuries and we think some could even be from the Middle Ages,” he said, stressing that “this discovery offers enormous culture-historical value.

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(Ed. note:  Thanks to BE reader Norton Rider for the link.)

 

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