Il Messico blocca le ricerche di Odyssey nella Baia di Campeche
Odyssey Marine Exploration è nuovamente al centro dell'attenzione: pochi giorni dopo la notizia del ritrovamento della HMS Victory nelle acque della Manica, le agenzie hanno diramato un comunicato riguardante le attività della discussa compagnia americana nell'altra parte del globo,ossia nella Baia di Campeche, in Messico.
The National Anthropology and History Institute, or INAH, said in a communique that the two requests presented by Odyssey in 2006 and 2008 "do not meet the requirements that regulations establish for archaeological investigation in Mexico."INAH based its rejection of the request on the fact that U.S. firm "neither has the intention to do research nor the backing of archaeologists or of an academic institution of recognized prestige, conditions without which it is impossible to authorize this type of initiative."The institution explained that the two requests by Odyssey concerned the exploration of the Nuestra Señora del Juncal, a galleon that sank in the Bay of Campeche in 1631 and that has "always been in the sights of treasure hunters."The galleon was part of the Fleet of New Spain comprised of 19 royal vessels that set sail from Mexico for Spain on Oct. 14, 1631, loaded with precious goods.Most of the boats sank in Mexican waters in a storm, INAH said, adding that it began its own search for the vessel in 1995.The first investigations were conducted in the archives of Mexico, Spain and Cuba, as well as at sea using a network of remote sensors and a geographic positioning system, INAH said.Since the 1970s, INAH has denied more than 30 requests from Mexicans and foreigners to remove objects, including gold