Another nail-less ship sets sail

The Jewel of Muscat sailed the maritime trade route from Oman to Singapore, and another reconstructed ship will cover the rest of the journey. Originating from Jakarta, the Majapahit Spirit will cover a 9,000 km journey from Southeast Asia to Japan and back, calling at ports in the region.

Ancient ship replica helps fund Java dig
Japan Times, 04 July 2010

‘Majapahit spirit’ to sail to eight countries
Jakarta Post, 28 June 2010

The Indonesian government and a Japanese academic group have recently reconstructed an ancient ship to raise money for an archaeological study on historic ruins in and around Java.

According to the Japan Majapahit Association, the ship has been making port calls in Asian countries since late last month, asking for financial and technical support to excavate the ruins of the Majapahit kingdom, which existed in the area from the 13th to the 16th century.

The ship was built in Madura, part of Indonesia’s Java Province, and left there on June 27 for a six-month, 9,000-km journey, before heading back to Jakarta.

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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