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Experts disclose new details about 300-year-old shipwreck

BOSTON (AP) — The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announced it has uncovered new details about a 300-year-old shipwreck off the coast of Colombia, which experts believe contains billions of dollars’ worth of treasure.

New insights into the discovery three years ago of the San Jose were released on May 21 with permission from the agencies involved in the search, including the Colombian government.

The 62-gun, three-mast galleon went down on June 8, 1708, with a treasure of gold, silver and emeralds during a battle with British ships in the War of Spanish Succession.

The Massachusetts-based WHOI’s autonomous underwater vehicle in November 2015 descended to 30 feet (9 meters) above the wreck to take several photographs, including some of the distinctive dolphin engravings on the San Jose’s brass cannons, a key piece of visual evidence.

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