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Figurehead from Danish ship found in Swedish waters

The carved wooden figurehead from a Danish ship which sank in the 1480s after a fire has been discovered in Swedish waters.

Karlskrona, Blekinge.
Karlskrona, Blekinge. Image by Guillaume Baviere / CC BY 2.0

The incredibly well-preserved 300kg carving – which resembles a dog – was found by divers in June, and was brought to the surface by archaeologists on Tuesday. The relic is thought to be from the Gribhunden, a ship commissioned by Denmark’s King Hans who ruled from 1481 to 1513, and will go on display at the Blekinge Museum in Karlskrona, Sweden, later this month. Read more: thelocal.se