Second excavation of Nanhai No. 1 to commence

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Chinese archaeologists will begin their second excavation of the Nanhai No. 1 at the Maritime Silk Road Museum to determine, basically, which end of the wreck is which. Readers may recall that the entire wreck, including the seabed was transported from under the water into containment at the museum, so visitors will actually be able to observe archaeologists working on the wreck.

Second excavation of sunken vessel ‘Nanhai No. 1’ begins
People’s Daily, 22 March 2011
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China's ventures into its underwater past

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Maritime trade between China and the rest of the world (often passing through Southeast Asia) has been around for nearly 2,000 years, but it has only been in the recent past that China has built up the capability to undertake archaeological investigations underwater.

The ‘Other’ Silk Road: China Peers Into Maritime Past
NPR, 02 July 2010
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Porcelain artefacts recovered from South China Sea shipwreck

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More than 200 porcelain pieces are recovered from the Nanhai 1 shipwreck, which was recovered off the coast of the Chinese city of Yangjiang and currently housed – still submerged – in the Maritime Silk Road Museum.

Artifacts salvaged from Nanhai 1
People’s Daily Online, 28 September 2009
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