Sunday, 30 December 2007

800yo Ship Raised from South China Sea

Salvage workers in China have raised a ship which sank 800 years ago with a cargo of thousands of priceless artefacts.

Archaeologists say it is an important discovery because it might confirm the existence of an ancient trade between China and the West.

The 13th century Nanhai Number One treasury ship and its cargo of around 70,000 priceless artefacts, fine Chinese porcelain, copper coins, gold and silver is now resting on a huge recovery barge.

Never before has such a large or ancient ship been recovered in such an intact state.

The ship will be taken to a giant tank in a new specially built museum, where visitors will be able to watch as archaeologists uncover its long hidden treasures.

The vessel is believed to be from the Song Dynasty and historians hope it will shed new light on the era.

The Chinese authorities spent more than $46 million to retrieve the ship.

This story is a few days old, but worth checking out if you haven't read it. It will be interesting to see what sort of artifacts they manage to recover. Perhaps, if many organic materials survive, we will see results similar to what was found with the Tudor warship Mary Rose. A real insight into aspects of our past.

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