A diver was stunned by what he discovered while looking for treasure.
In the bottom of the Baltic Sea, to the east of Sweden, divers were searching the remains of a 17th-century shipwreck.
Buried in the slit of a seabed was a tin pot.
What they found inside is something they never expected to find.
Let’s take a look at this amazing discovery…
In June 1676, the Kronan exploded and sank off the southern tip of the Baltic Sea, while on its way to battle.
Historians say the vessel foundered while trying to turn in the rough weather.
The bad decision led to an explosion of gunpowder and in effect blowing off its bow.
Only 42 of the 800 crew members survived.
The Kronan was rediscovered in 1980 by archaeologist and engineer Anders Franzén and his colleagues, Sten Ahlberg and Bengt Grisell.
Research and excavations began the following year.
For over 30 years, the excavation of the Kronan has continued.
On many of the explorations, a diver uncovered something from the wreckage that would blow his mind.
The Guardian reports:
“the Kronan – currently Sweden’s largest underwater archaeology project – has yielded nearly 30,000 artifacts, including dozens of bronze cannon, coins, medical items, bottles.”
However, the divers never expected to find what they did.
A Tin Pot Found by a Diver
Every June to August, researchers have been diving down to the wreck and more an more is being discovered.
Hauntingly, divers have found nearly almost 900 pounds of bones.
Even after making such chilling discoveries.
They never expected to find what they did.
During one excavation, a diver saw something “pressed into the clay” of the seabed.
It was a tin pot…
A Stinky Discovery
When divers brought the tin to the surface, the smell was absolutely horrible.
What had they just discovered?
Upon opening the tin, the researchers found cheese!
“It’s like a mixture of yeast and Roquefort, a sort of really ripe, unpasteurized cheese,” said Lars Einarsson who is in charge of the dive on the wreck.
The cheese is thought to be 340-years-old and Einarsson suggests no one should eat it.