In and around the shipwrecks, divers found spices, nine bronze cannons engraved with the Portuguese coat of arms, Chinese ceramics and cowrie shells, a type of currency used to trade slaves during the colonial era. Photo: Reuters

400-year-old shipwreck off Portugal coast called ‘discovery of decade’

Ship believed to have sunk near Lisbon after returning from India laden with spices

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In and around the shipwrecks, divers found spices, nine bronze cannons engraved with the Portuguese coat of arms, Chinese ceramics and cowrie shells, a type of currency used to trade slaves during the colonial era. Photo: Reuters
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