Divers Find Keel of the Mary Rose

Divers have excavated a piece of wood which they believe is the front stem of the keel of the Mary Rose. Archaeologists believe this stem could be attached to the front section, the bowcastle, of the ship which sank in 1545. Experts hope the find is the missing piece of the jigsaw in the collection of artifacts from the vessel.

If it is confirmed to be the Mary Rose's keel, this would be "the most important maritime archaeology find in England in the last 20 years," according to Alex Hildred, project manager for the dive.

Divers have been visiting the wreck for the first time since the main part of the ship was raised. During the dive, archaeologists have discovered about 400 artifacts, 200 of which are likely to be Tudor, including coins, buckles and weaponry.