Dutch fishermen caught a unique find, which is about 500 years old

Dutch fishermen caught a unique find, which is about 500 years old

Dutch fishermen caught a unique find, which is about 500 years old

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Off the coast of one Texel, of the Dutch Wadden Islands, fishermen discovered a carved oak bow figure of a warship that had clung to fishing nets. Archaeologists from the Netherlands believe that this is a detail of a warship from the  Eighty Years' War, which lasted from the mid-1500s to the mid-1600s, reports Arkeonews.

On the seabed, the sediment saved the statue from destruction of wood. The figure depicts a man with a Phrygian cap, which is a symbol of freedom and independence.

"The Phyrigians were enslaved by the Romans. Slaves were shaved bald. When they were freed from slavery, they wore a hat to hide their bald head and signify their freedom”, – explained archaeologist Michiel Bartels.

Association of Freedom with Red Phrygians or the so-called “free” caps are inherent in European and colonial cultures. Such caps are shaped a soft conical hat with a curved-forward top. The cap became a symbol of loyalty to the Republican cause when worn as a badge during the French and American Revolutions in the late 1700s

Dutch fishermen caught a unique find, which is about 500 years old

Dutch fishermen caught a unique find, which is about 500 years old

Dutch fishermen caught a unique find, which is about 500 years old

Prepared by: Sergey Daga