Archaeologists dig up 400-year-old bones in Red Bay

The bones of Basque whalers who died over four centuries ago were recently unearthed by archaeologists in Red Bay, Labrador. As well as finding more than a hundred human skeletons, archaeologist Jim Tuck and his team also discovered the remains of Basque sailing vessels that sank hundreds of years ago in the seas near Red Bay. The bones are now locked away at Newfoundland’s Memorial University. Archaeologists intend to use the latest methods for studying DNA to learn more about the lives of Basque whalers.


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