A 15th-century Cambodian shipwreck sunk off the coast of Koh Kong province in Cambodia is in danger of looting. The Cambodian government wants to preserve the remains and salvage the artefacts but currently lacks the technical expertise to do so.
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Govt seeks help for shipwreck
Phnom Penh Post, 10 February 2009
The shipwreck, which is believed to be a 14th- or 15thcentury Chinese trading junk laden with ancient oriental pottery and artifacts, was found in February 2006 about 20 kilometres off the coast of Koh Sdech, after a local fishing fleet reported that looters were plundering the site with makeshift diving equipment.
Hab Touch, director of the National Museum, said that they have sent two museum officials to train in underwater archeology in Australia. “It is not easy to take something from under water like it is to excavate something from the ground,” Hab Touch said. “It is very important for us and a new start for Cambodia.”