Police rush to prevent looting of 15th century shipwreck

Police are trying to stop the looting of a shipwreck found off the coast of Vietnam’s Quang Ngai province. No details on how successful they have been, since locals have been reportedly flocking to the scene.

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Viet Nam News, 11 Sep 2012

Police in central Quang Ngai Province are coordinating with relevant agencies to prevent local people from collecting antiques from a shipwreck that was recently discovered in the area.

The shipwreck was discovered by local fishermen on September 7, in waters belonging to Binh Son District’s Binh Chau Commune.

Hundreds of local residents rushed to salvage the antique items from the wreckage soon after news of the discovery broke.

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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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