Shipwreck Databases Western Australian Museum

BAT15507A - Human


Skeleton human. Traumatised skull, severed shoulder and disarticulated jaw. Male aged 22-26.
(Single bone also found in MAC-069 Tray 2, thought to be tarsal bone, also found in MAC-071 Tray 11)

Site Area Code Mid-West

Site Location Beacon Island: Under cement slab at ‘east’ [NW] corner of Johnson’s hut. NW–SE alignment; head to SE]. Lying in shallow pit in light soil. Alongside skull BAT.A 16316.

Number of Items 1

Material Human

Museum Reference

Registration Number 15507

ID 818

Status Commonwealth

Map of shipwreck


Under commandeur Francisco Pelsaert, and Ariaen Jacobsz skipper, newly built Batavia sailed from Texel 27 October 1628 for the Dutch East Indies with bullion, goods and silver. On 4 June 1629 the ship struck a reef near Beacon Island in the Houtman Abrolhos. Of the 322 aboard 40 drowned and the rest got ashore. In search of water and food Jacobsz, Pelsaert and others left site in a 30...