In the murky dark of the Baltic Sea to the east of Sweden, marine archeologists rescued something remarkable from the icy waters one day in 2016. It was a pot which had been buried in the silt of the seabed for some 340 years – a relic from one of the greatest shipwrecks of the 17th century. And now that it had risen from the depths, what the divers found inside certainly isn’t for the weak of stomach.
Although the discovery was made at the same site where many other artifacts – including a diamond ring and a horde of gold coins – had been found, the contents of the pot were what really got the scientists excited. The relic was found during a two-week annual dive off the coast of the island of Öland. And while the wreck it was found near was first explored in 1980, even now it’s still revealing many secrets.
So why the excitement? Well, because there’s food in the pot – and not just any food. Scientists think that they’ve found a container full of cheese. That’s right: deep under the sea, divers have managed to recover a pot of dairy product from the depths with a use-by date of more than 300 years ago.