Dr Bruno Werz is the head archaeologist on the project and has been poring over historical maps and documents from the area since 1989.
“The results of our work are very promising and exciting,” he said.
The Haarlem was a Dutch ship that ran aground in Table Bay in March 1647, and 62 of the crew members stayed in the area to try to save the cargo from the ship. The diary of one of the crew led the directors of the VOC to establish an official rest stop on the shores of Table Bay. This led to Jan van Riebeeck coming to the area to form the settlement that developed into the City of Cape Town.
Werz and his team have traced the ship’s history, paths and plans, to get a better idea of its resting place. They have used magnetometers - specialised metal detectors - to follow up viable leads.