Shipwrecks reveal ancient trade routes

Shipwrecks at Quang Ngai Province. Source: Viet Nam Net 20141123

A feature on the underwater archaeology of Quang Ngai province, where the Binh Chau district is particularly rich with underwater remains. There are aspirations to developing eco-tourism incorporating the maritime archaeology of the area, but the salvaging and sale of artefacts remain a problem

Shipwrecks at Quang Ngai Province. Source: Viet Nam Net 20141123
Shipwrecks at Quang Ngai Province. Source: Viet Nam Net 20141123

Shipwrecks reveal ancient trade routes
Viet Nam Net, 23 November 2014

Two ancient shipwrecks near tiny Chau Thuan Bien Village on the coast in central Quang Ngai Province have attracted hundreds of researchers and archaeologists in recent years.

The village, in Binh Chau Commune, is believed to be the resting place for many wrecks dating from the eighth to 18th century.

The seas off the coast are being closely explored for more shipwrecks so that the locality can apply for National Special Heritage listing.

If this happens, the area will be listed as the first museum of vintage shipwrecks for eco-tours and water archaeology in Viet Nam.

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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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