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Ballast Stone

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Artifact Description

Site 35F can be characterized as the poorly preserved remains of a heavily disarticulated wooden hull associated with an extensive set of cannon, the existing remains of which are a very small part of its original cargo. No defined ballast mound or cluster exists, although stones underlying the wooden hull, and extending beyond the limits of the surviving hull structure, suggest that the original ballast concentration has been flattened and scattered by trawl drags. The ballast itself consists of rounded, cobble-sized stones 10-20cm in diameter on average. One typical example recovered and featured here, measures 21.5 x 10.0 x 7.9cm.


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