Spanish delegation visit Dublin to view artefacts from the Spanish Armada shipwreck La Juliana
The National Monuments Service’s Underwater Archaeology Unit of the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht recovered a spectacular array of artefacts, including 9 highly decorated bronze cannon, during the course of their work on the wreck site at Streedagh, Co. Sligo, during summer 2015. Dr Iván Negueruela Martínez, Director of the National Museum of Underwater Archaeology (ARQUA) – the leading institution for underwater cultural heritage in Spain – is visiting Dublin at the invitation of the Department) to see first-hand the recent discoveries from the 1588 Spanish Armada wreck La Juliana.
Director Negueruela Martínez met with Assistant Secretary, Niall Ó Donnchú to discuss future cooperation between Spain and Ireland in relation to the Armada heritage of both countries. Minister Humphreys welcomed the visit and said “that the Armada heritage is part of our shared history and that we should revisit it together”.
It is hoped to engage in closer collaboration, exchange expertise, partake in joint conferences and conduct cooperative research and publications. It was also decided that the Department and the Spanish National Museum of Underwater Archaeology would work together on the wreck sites and that members of their archaeological dive team will join the Department’s underwater dive unit on future work.
The Spanish delegation visited the Conservation Laboratory in the National Museum of Ireland to view the artefacts, where they are undergoing conservation with a view to going on permanent display.
The Spanish authorities, through their Embassy, and UNESCO will be kept updated on plans and progress regarding future work and discoveries on the Armada wreck sites.