Porcelain artefacts recovered from South China Sea shipwreck

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

Archaeologists recovered more than 200 precious porcelain artifacts from the cabin of the Nanhai No 1 before the 40-day trial exploration of the shipwreck was wrapped up Sunday.

Chinese experts also found well-preserved wooden parts of the cabin and deck on the merchant vessel, which sunk off the coast of Guangdong province 800 years ago, said project leader Wei Jun.

“The porcelain relics discovered are totally different from those we use today in terms of size and appearance,” he said.

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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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