Looters Also Found the Santa Maria
On 13 May, underwater archaeological explorer Barry Clifford revealed that remnants of a shipwreck off the northern coast of Haiti most likely belong to the Santa Maria, the largest of the three ships used by Christopher Columbus in 1492 on his expedition to find a western route to Asia from Spain. She ran aground on 24 December that year.
Clifford’s team first found and photographed the wreck in 2003, but didn’t consider its identity as the Santa Maria until after reexamining photos that showed a cannon contemporary to one that would have been used on board the ship. However, after embarking on a reconnaissance dive to the site in early May to confirm the type of cannon and other objects present in the photos, it became clear that looters had gotten to the artifacts first.