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Ship's remains found off N.C. coast

Posted June 10, 2010 2:58 p.m. EDT
Updated June 10, 2010 6:13 p.m. EDT

— Archaeologists are studying part of a 400-year-old ship found off the North Carolina coast. Researchers want to know how the ship was built and where it might have come from.

A field-study student group from East Carolina University looked at the remains of the ship, which was uncovered on the beach near Corolla.

“These are amazing vessels. The technology involved is incredible. You can see the wood is amazing. Also, we don't have anything like it today,” ECU archeology professor Bradley Rodgers said.

Volunteers carried the ship, believed to be from the early 1600s, ashore weeks ago so it could be studied and preserved.

“If this is a 1600-era hull that would be very exciting, because there aren't too many around,” ECU graduate student Dan Brown said.

Understanding the ship means understanding the shipbuilders, archaeologists said.

“Obviously just trying to figure out what this is and where itcame from contributes to our understanding of the heritage of Outer Banks,” Brown said.

The ship's remains will soon be moved and displayed at the Graveyard of the Atlantic museum in the Village of Hatteras on the Outer Banks.