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The discovery of a shipwreck off Java promises to store a massive haul of Ming porcelain, with salvage operations beginning later this year. The Wanli Cargo (not to be mistaken with the Wanli Shipwreck in Malaysian waters) Nikolaus Graf Sandizell, CEO of Arqueonautas, one of the companies responsible for the salvage operation also got in touch with me recently to point me in the direction of their websites, the Wanli Cargo and Arquenautas Publications.

Divers inspecting the Wanli Cargo off Java, Straits Times 20110617

‘Biggest porcelain haul’ found in Indonesia
AFP via The Straits Times, 17 June 2011

A US$70-million (S$86.5-million) haul of Ming Dynasty porcelain has been found in a 16th-century shipwreck off the Indonesian island of Java, a Portugal-based salvage company said on Friday.

Arqueonautas Worldwide (AWW) and its Indonesia-based partner RM Discovery Inc said an ‘archaeological reconnaissance operation’ had confirmed the discovery of the ‘biggest shipwreck cargo of Ming porcelain ever found’.

‘The Chinese merchant ship from the time of the Wanli Emperor sank around 1580 in over 50m depth approximately 150km off the Indonesian coast,’ the company said in a statement.

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