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Madagascar pirate treasure is lump of lead!

Unesco investigators have dismissed claims by a team of explorers who believed they discovered Captain Kidd’s famous 17th Century pirate shipwreck off the coast of Madagascar.

Sainte-Marie island, Madagascar.
Sainte-Marie island, Madagascar. Image by Paolo Crosetto / CC BY-SA 2.0

The 50kg bar of “silver treasure”, which was presented to Madagascar’s president at a special ceremony in May after being recovered from the sea, was in fact 95% lead. The technical team from Unesco, the UN’s cultural arm, noted that while there were several historic wrecks in the bays of Sainte-Marie island, the latest discovery was actually a broken part of the Sainte-Marie port constructions. Read more: bbc.co.uk