It is not often you get to work on a project that is both fascinating and inspiring, but both were in abundance in the website and associated media for our recent Esmeralda Shipwreck project. Over 500 years ago, off the coast of Oman in a devastating storm, a ship sunk that was part of Vasco da Gama’s famous fleet from Portugal to India which opened up the Euro-India shipping route.
Our brief was to develop a website to tell the story and bring all the incredible elements to life, including world record breaking events, critically rare artefact finds and scientific methods never used before. Discovery of the notorious Silver Indio “ghost coin” has stunned archaeologists with only one other coin in existence. With some fantastic GoPro video footage from the site including live underwater footage as rare artefacts were discovered deep in the seabed where they were buried over 500 years ago.
In addition, a range of stunning photographs of coins, beads, cannonballs, artefacts and the ships bell were available, all the more incredible when you consider the length of time they have remained hidden underwater exposed to the rough seas off the coast of Oman. National Geographic were also involved creating a film for their website and TV schedule from this historically important discovery and retrieval of ancient artefacts.
We developed a bespoke video player to embed and link inline alongside relevant content, photo galleries of the team and panoramic of the stunning coastline. Included is a 3D interactive model of the seabed where some of the artefacts were found along with video footage of the CT scans. Video footage showing the logistics of digging deep underneath the seabed, moving huge rocks underwater and giant air compressors being winched by helicopter.
We are planning to create an interactive web app of the wreck site featuring the underwater video footage, an interactive timeline of the ‘Age of Discovery’ and more information on the artefacts as scientists and archaeologists continue to investigate the items recovered.
Visit the website at www.esmeraldashipwreck.com to find out how this discovery was made and the logistics of finding, recovering and identifying the remains of such as historical event.