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NWO grant awarded for research shipwreck

Dr Helmer Helmers (University of Amsterdam) and Dr Nadine Akkerman (Leiden, LUCAS) have been awarded an NWO grant to do historical research on the shipwreck BZN17, from which hundreds of early modern objects have recently been retrieved. Amongst the remarkable finds were a nearly intact, highly expensive dress and various other rare pieces of clothing which received international media attention in 2015.

In cooperation with Dr Helmers, Akkerman will supervise two postdoctoral researchers who will carry out archival research on the ship and its objects in order to shed new light on material culture and Anglo-Dutch exchange in the early modern period.

The grant was awarded in the NWO programme Archeological Finds of (Inter)national Importance. Within this scheme, experienced researchers can apply for a grant of up to €100.000 for research on recent archeological finds.

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