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Monday, 7 October, 2002, 09:45 GMT 10:45 UK
Australian shipwreck could pre-date Cook
Archaelogists in Australia say a recently discovered shipwreck could pre-date the arrival of the British explorer, Captain James Cook, in 1770.

The archaeological team found the 30-metre-long wreck on Fraser Island, off the coast of the eastern state of Queensland.

The team leader, Greg Jeffreys, says four cannon on the ship suggest it was a European, but not English, vessel from the 17th century.

Captain Cook is credited with being the first European to find and chart Australia's east coast, which was subsequently colonised by Britain.

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