“We can now see what early-modern ships looked like and study this in detail. It provides us with knowledge of building technologies. But, if we broaden our perspectives, these are the vessels that were involved in bringing about the New World. Without these ships, there would have been no sailing across the Atlantic, colonialisation could not have started, no new goods would have reached Europe. The ships were part of what happened, which still has an impact now,” he says.
The discovery of the shipwreck has reached far outside the specialised world of marine archaeology. There has been overwhelming interest, particularly from the residents of Ronneby. A few years ago, when the research group arrived in the harbour after having salvaged a figurehead, they were welcomed to the quayside by hundreds of curious people.
“They were interested in research and discovery, and that is perhaps the most important thing - that people become involved; the joy, enthusiasm and curiosity we saw. This is also what research is about, that you are interested in discovery, in the unknown. I’m really starting to realise that this is what researchers should highlight, that this is what gives us a boost, wanting to know more,” he says.