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Researchers: Excavation of shipwreck warranted


DETROIT (AP) -- Researchers say they have enough evidence to recommend a test excavation of a northern Lake Michigan shipwreck site to determine if it's the Griffin, which sank loaded with furs in 1679.

The Detroit Free Press reports ( Monday that tests revealed something consistent with a vessel. Researcher Ken Vrana (Ver-AH'-na) of the Center for Maritime and Underwater Resource Management cautions there's no "smoking gun."

The next step would be to seek permits for the excavation.

Groups overseeing the project include the state of Michigan and France, since the Griffin was a French ship. The other group is the Great Lakes Exploration Group. Founder Steve Libert discovered the site in 2001.

It hasn't been disclosed but the site is believed to be between Escanaba and the St. Martin Islands, near Wisconsin.




Information from: Detroit Free Press,

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