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Archaeologists in Bangladesh have finished excavating a ship thought to belong to Rakhaine settlers who originated from Arakan in Myanmar.

Work starts to salvage historic boat
The Daily Star, 07 January 2013

Ancient ‘Rakhaine’ boat to be moved to safer place soon
The Daily Star, 09 January 2013

Archaeologists and other experts have reached the final stage for salvaging the 200-year-old wooden boat as all the sand from inside the boat have been removed with the help of Fire Service and Civil Defence Department.

Led by Yves Marre, a French-born Bangladeshi expert on traditional boats, the ‘boat salvage team’ on Sunday started the final phase of work to shift the 72-foot-long and 22.5-foot-wide boat that surfaced about two kilometres east of Zero Point in Kuakata beach on June 29 last year.

“We have been able to remove all the sand from inside the boat. After some repair work, the boat will be shifted to a safer place,” Afroza Khan Mita, assistant director of the archaeology department, also member secretary of the ‘boat salvage committee’, said from the site yesterday noon.

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