Readers may be interested in this Zoom talk by Dr Natali Pearson on her new book, Belitung: The Afterlives of a Shipwreck (affiliate link) on 29 April 2023, organised by the Southeast Asian Ceramic Society.
The Tang Dynasty-era shipwreck continues to be the centre of attention. In this talk, author Dr. Natali Pearson focuses on the afterlives of the ship and its cargo: the new knowledge it has brought to the surface about the maritime silk route, and the controversies that have accompanied its discovery and display. It is one of the most significant shipwreck discoveries of recent times, revealing the global scale of ancient commercial endeavors and the importance of the ocean to these trading networks. But this shipwreck also has a modern tale to tell, of how nation-states appropriate the remnants of the past for their own purposes, and of the international debates about who owns—and is responsible for—shared heritage.