Article: Biggest shipwreck of its kind found at Tallinn construction site | News

EHC Lootsi OÜ were aware of the location of a 13th century wreck on their property, which sits above what was once the Härjapea River estuary, but the discovery of a second wreck has been a surprise, and one that will delay the completion of the construction of the planned building for up to two months, as the wreckage is excavated by archaeologists, writes Postimees (link in Estonian).

The wreckage was measured at 24.5 meters long by 9.5 meters wide, and experts hope to dig it up in as large pieces as possible, noting it is one of the best-preserved wrecks of this type to have been found to date.

“We will do everything we can to get these wrecks out of the ground, but the sad thing is that the state’s contribution to preserving our common heritage is non-existent,” said Tarmo Mill, EHC representative. Lootsi, stressing that the wreckage does not belong to the company and the state should support its excavation.

According to the Estonian Maritime Museum Priit Lätti, initial dendro analyzes indicated that the recently discovered wreck could date back to the late 13th or early 14th century, an estimate that is becoming more substantiated as more and more more details are uncovered, but that further analysis would be needed to confirm the dating.

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Alice F. Ponder